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  • Natron Energy Awarded California Energy Commission Grant to Pair Energy Storage with EV Fast Charging - BATTERY POWER NEWS | Natron Energy has been awarded a $3 million grant by the California Energy Commission (CEC) for “Advanced Energy Storage for Electric Vehicle Charging Support” the company announced last week. Natron will use the funds to manufacture and install a high powered, long cycle life energy storage system at an EV Fast… more..
  • Tesla Acquires Of Maxwell, Officially Takes Over The Battery Technology - BATTERY POWER BRIEF | Tesla announced that it has completed its acquisition of Maxwell and it will officially be able to take over its battery technology. more..
  • Vertiv Announces Tech Update To UPS - BATTERY POWER NEWS | Vertiv today introduced the Liebert GXT5, a technology update to the popular family of rackmount, on-line uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems. The Liebert GXT5 is designed to ensure availability in today’s increasingly mission critical small IT environments and edge locations that enable important emerging applications such as 5G, virtual and augmented reality, and… more..
  • Battery Trends, Markets, Suppliers at AABC - BATTERY POWER NEWS | Governments across the globe and international automakers alike have become more optimistic about the future of electrified transportation. Consequently, the technological development needed to support vehicle electrification must keep pace with rising expectations—batteries with enhanced performance, durability, abuse tolerance, and lower cost are indeed crucial to the viability of each of… more..
  • California’s Plans To Reduce Emissions In Heavy-Duty, Off-Road Vehicles - BATTERY POWER INSIGHTS | Leslie Goodbody, an engineer with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), spends her time with the Innovative Heavy-Duty Strategies Section, focusing on addressing heavy-duty vehicles and off-road equipment that are responsible for a significant portion of California’s particulate, smog-forming, and climate change emissions. Battery Power Online spoke with Goodbody about what… more..
  • 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..

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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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