Blogs

The Changing Regulations Pertaining to the Transportation of Lithium Batteries

Robert Alverson, CHMM
Labelmaster

In August the US Department of Transportation (DOT) issued final rule HM-224F affecting the safe transport of lithium batteries[1].  DOT announced that the effects from the revisions of HM-224F will “strengthen safety conditions for the shipment of lithium cells and batteries. These changes, some of which focus specifically on shipments by air, will better ensure that lithium cells and batteries are able to withstand normal transportation conditions and are packaged to reduce the possibility of damage that could lead to an unsafe situation[2].” Continue reading

Battery and Capacitor Replacement Keeps Backup Power Equipment in Good Health

Scott Baer, Marketing Manager-Batteries • Emerson Network Power, Liebert Services

Under the best of conditions, all batteries have a limited life expectancy, dictated by the frequency of battery discharge and recharge. Valve-regulated lead-acid (VRLA) batteries with a five-year design life start to lose capacity or fail within three to five years, and this aging process can be accelerated by any number of factors, including high or improper ambient temperatures, high or low charge voltage, overcharging and over cycling, loose connections and strained battery terminals. Continue reading

Powering the Internet of Us

Igor Bimbaud, Director, New Energies
STMicroelectronics

With the Internet of Things predicted to reach at least 24 billion devices by 2020, one outstanding question is how to power all these devices connected to the cloud, and ultimately to us. Some of these devices will be directly connected to our homes’ electric lines, the long promoted Internet-connected refrigerator comes to mind. But many other devices will be portable or wearable and flexible, which, in addition to presenting power challenges, significantly restricts form factor and increases design limitations. This is particularly true of the new generation of wearable devices, which need to be fashionable as well as functional. Continue reading

Battery Monitoring with Remote Services Ensures Critical System Availability

Milind Paranjape, Marketing Manager – Service Solutions
Emerson Network Power, Liebert Services

According to focus groups conducted by Emerson Network Power in 2012, IT managers, facility managers and C-level executives want UPS features that help them maintain and manage their critical spaces on a day-to-day basis. More specifically, they expressed a need for more information to do the following: predict, prevent, respond to, and recover from downtime risks; justify their capital requests; and answer questions posed to them by their senior management regarding failures and overall performance. Continue reading

Power Banks: Portable Back-Up Battery Power for Consumer Electronics – Global Compliance

Ibrahim Jilani, Program Manager
UL LLC

As of May 1st, 2014, Taiwan’s Bureau of Standards, Metrology & Inspection (BSMI) has mandated that rechargeable lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery packs used in Computer, Communication, & Consumer Electronics be certified to CNS 15364 (similar to IEC 62133).  This also includes the product type known as “Power Bank” or the portable back-up battery power, which also requires safety requirements from CNS 14336-1 (IEC 60950-1) and EMI requirements from CNS 13438 (CISPR 22) be considered.  Continue reading

Vermont Passes Primary Battery Recycling Legislation; Other States to Consider Similar Legislation in 2015

George Kerchner, Executive Director, PRBA – The Rechargeable Battery Association

In late May, Vermont became the first US state to enact a primary battery recycling bill requiring the development of a program for collecting and recycling primary batteries.  The statute puts that burden on battery and some battery-powered manufacturers who place batteries on the market in the Green Mountain State. Continue reading

Mitigating the Risk of Battery Failure: Monitoring Is Ideal for Critical System Protection

Scott Baer, Marketing Manager – Batteries
Emerson Network Power, Liebert Services

The UPS that supports critical systems is only as reliable as its batteries. While seemingly low-tech, they require the utmost in care and attention to avoid the costly consequences of unplanned downtime. Emerson Network Power customer surveys have shown that more than a third of down units are due to battery failure. In fact, a single bad cell in a string of batteries could compromise the entire backup power system and leave an organization without protection. Continue reading