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  • Raw Materials and the Battery Market- BATTERY POWER INSIGHTS | Raw materials pricing and supply hugely impacts the battery market, and William Adams, head of battery research at Fastmarkets Research, argues that lithium and cobalt pricing is evolving, thanks—in part—to the downstream supply chain. A shift is coming, he predicts, from 1 to 1 pricing, to pricing via a PRA, to… more..
  • Argonne Team Develops New Cathode Coating- BATTERY POWER BRIEF | Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have developed a new cathode coating using an oxidative chemical vapor deposition technique. "Building a protective skin at both secondary and primary particle levels of layered oxides offers a promising design strategy for Ni-rich cathodes towards high-energy, long-life and safe… more..
  • Army Team Reports New Cathode Chemistry- BATTERY POWER NEWS | Researchers at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory, the Army's corporate research laboratory known as ARL, and the University of Maryland have identified a new cathode chemistry. The work was published last week in Nature. more..
  • Case Study: Real World Battery Failure Prediction- BATTERY POWER INSIGHTS | Batteries have been tested for performance for many years. The need for rigorous performance testing accelerated most rapidly in recent years due to technological innovation of mechanical, electrical, and chemical improvements. Battery users are challenged today, as they have been for many years, to measure and understand battery health and performance.… more..
  • Johnson Controls Power Solutions Relaunches As Clarios- BATTERY POWER NEWS | Johnson Controls Power Solutions relaunched this week as Clarios. The power solutions business of Johnson Controls was acquired by Brookfield Business Partners in November 2018 for $13.2 billion. The deal closed last month. more..
  • The Impact of New Lithium Battery Transport Rules- BATTERY POWER INSIGHTS | New U.S. rules for transporting lithium batteries became official in March, further prohibiting the transport of lithium-ion cells or batteries on aircraft and adding additional marking and labeling requirements for lithium battery shipments transported by road, rail, and air. more..
  • Columbia Group Stabilizes Solid Electrolytes With Boron Nitride Film- BATTERY POWER NEWS | Researchers from Columbia Engineering have announced a new method for safely prolonging battery life by inserting a nano-coating of boron nitride (BN) to stabilize solid electrolytes in lithium metal batteries. more..
  • Vertiv Introduces HPL Lithium-Ion Battery Cabinet- BATTERY POWER NEWS | Vertiv introduced the Vertiv HPL lithium-ion battery cabinet today, for use with larger capacity Vertiv uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems. It is the company's first battery management system. The cabinet is ready to use with most current and legacy Vertiv three-phase UPS systems and is available immediately in North America and Asia. more..

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Free eBook: Designing Better Battery Materials
When so much of our modern life relies on Li-ion batteries researchers and engineers are always looking into new ways to improve battery performance, safety, and cycle life. They are drilling down to focus on specific aspects of battery materials to consider new approaches for improvement. A team at CSEM SA is assembling Li-ion batteries using screen printing to deposit functional inks on the front/reverse side of the separator, while Michigan Technical University is using small-scale mechanical characterization techniques to show the fabrication design rules for solid electrolytes. Malvern Panalytical highlights how rotational rheometry can help manufacturers use data to produce high performance electrodes. Carl Zeiss Microscopy demonstrates how implementing a suite of instrumentation can provide a unique perspective into Li-ion batteries that may lead to advancements in material design.

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Battery Separators Market by Battery Type, End-use Industry, Material And Region - Global Forecast to 2022
The global battery separator market is projected to reach USD 5.13 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 12.5%, from USD 2.85 billion in 2017. Stringent government regulations regarding reduction of carbon emission, inclination of automotive manufacturers toward production of EVs, and rising demand for smartphones due to rapid urbanization are the key factors that are driving the demand for battery separators. Moreover, increasing industrialization and higher dependency on technology leads to a demand for consumer electronics, and constant development in these areas has further increased the adoption of compact batteries. This, in turn, is expected to fuel the demand for battery separators. However, low heat resistance of battery separator materials and various reported cases of battery failures could lead to a lower the consumption of battery separators.

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