December 2013


Featured White Paper


Comparison Between Flat and Tubular Positive Plates in Lead-Acid Batteries

Storage Battery Systems

Lead-acid batteries have been around for more than 150 years. While flat plate models with a lattice grid represented a technological leap forward in 1881, tubular construction is a more robust technology with many advantages. With advancements such as the use of non-woven gauntlets encasing the positive spine plate to more advanced manufacturing techniques, tubular batteries provide enhanced performance and improved reliability as compared to flat plate technology. <read more>


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  Sponsored Announcement

Seeking Mobile Device Experts

Abstract Submission Deadline Extended to January 16th

BatteryPower2014Battery Power 2014 is currently accepting abstracts for its 12th annual event, August 6-7 in Denver, Colorado. The international event is focused on battery packs and cells used in mobile/portable/consumer applications including power tools, smart phones, tablets, laptops and medical devices. Topics will include new battery designs, improving power management, predicting battery life and regulation and safety issues. Other topics include OEM/end user requirements, battery authentication and market trends.


The conference provides an excellent forum to discuss new developments in technology, market conditions and end-user requirements that are driving innovation, capabilities and features, application trends and performance improvements.


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  New Products

Solicore Releases Digitally Printed Battery

Solicore has jointly developed the world's first digitally printed 3 Volt thin-film battery. The digitally printed battery utilizes Solicore intellectual property and patents to enable high volume, digitally printed battery production for key target markets. <read more>


500°F Gas-Fired Belt Conveyor Oven
No. 838 is a 500OF gas-fired belt conveyor oven from Grieve, currently used for heating and curing battery cans at a customer’s facility. <read more>


80 V Buck-Boost Lead Acid & Lithium Battery Charging Controller Actively Finds True Maximum Power Point in Solar Applications
Linear Technology Corp. has announces the LT8490, a synchronous buck-boost battery charging controller for lead acid and Lithium batteries, featuring automatic maximum power point tracking (MPPT) and temperature compensation. <read more>


KEMET Expands Product Portfolio with Large Cell Supercapacitors and Modules
KEMET Corp. has announced the release of large cell Supercapacitors and Supercapacitor Modules. This new series of capacitor technologies is designed to meet the growing power management needs of the transportation, industrial, medical and consumer markets. <read more>


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  Industry News

Advanced Batteries Reached $10.8 Billion in Market Value in 2012, According to Navigant Research

The advanced battery market is in the midst of a massive expansion, due to growth in the core consumer electronics segment, as well as the emergence of new markets for batteries in electric vehicles (EVs) and stationary energy storage systems. In particular, global manufacturing capacity for lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries has grown rapidly in recent years, as several governments have subsidized factories in Asia and North America to boost supplies for EVs. <read more>


New Spectroscopic Technique Could Accelerate the Push for Better Batteries
A new technique developed at Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source could help scientists better understand and improve the materials required for high-performance lithium-ion batteries that power EVs and other applications. <read more>


Pressure Cooking to Improve Electric Car Batteries
Batteries that power electric cars have problems. They take a long time to charge. The charge doesn’t hold long enough to drive long distances. They don’t allow drivers to quickly accelerate. They are big and bulky. Researchers at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering have redesigned the component materials of the battery in an environmentally friendly way to solve some of these problems. <read more>


Alliance for Wireless Power Achieves Major Milestone in Global Product Certification
The Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP), a consortium in flexible wireless power technology, has announced the successful completion of its latest Plugfest event, its second of three planned Plugfest events to demonstrate interoperability between different member company products that leverage A4WP's technical specification. <read more>


Event Listings


Tactical Power Sources Summit
January 27-29
Washington, D.C.


IDGA’s 11th Annual Tactical Power Sources Summit will bring together all relevant stakeholders to discuss the most pressing issues facing the mobile power community. Examine future trends, identify immediate and long-term needs, and uncover up-and-coming technologies for use in future threat environments. Policy makers, uniformed service leaders, academia and industry partners will gather in Washington D.C. to network, share best practices and explore potential paths to analyze the future of military energy. Don't miss out on this annual event! Register you and your team today to get the best possible rates.


1Battery Japan
February 26-28, 2014
Tokyo Big Sight, Japan

World's Largest Business Platform for Manufacturing and R&D of Rechargeable Batteries

Best place to find all kinds of materials, manufacturing technologies, inspection/analysis equipment and services as well as the battery itself from around the world.

First class conference with world renowned speakers will also be held concurrently to the exhibition.

Saves your dates for BATTERY JAPAN and utilize this great opportunity to expand your business!



1APEC 2014
March 16-20, 2014
Fort Worth, TX

As The Premier Event in Applied Power Electronics, APEC focuses on the practical and applied aspects of the power electronics business. This is not just a designer’s conference, APEC has something of interest for anyone involved in power electronics:

  • Equipment OEMs that use power supplies and dc-dc converters in their equipment
  • Designers of power supplies, dc-dc converters, motor drives, uninterruptable power supplies, inverters and any other power electronic circuits, equipments and systems
  • Manufacturers and suppliers of components and assemblies used in power electronics
  • Manufacturing, quality and test engineers involved with power electronics equipment
  • Marketing, sales and anyone involved in the business of power electronic
  • Compliance engineers testing and qualifying power electronics equipment or equipment that uses power electronics

Are you a member of the press or a financial analyst covering the power electronics industry? APEC 2014 will again be offering its complimentary full registration. Start making your plans now to join us in Fort Worth, TX March 16-20, 2014 for an incredible program.


March 24-28
Las Vegas, Nev.


IWCE Connects the Working World to Mobile Voice, Video and Data Solutions
IWCE, taking place March 24-28 (Exhibits: March 26-27), is the authoritative annual event for communications technology in the working world. Over 7,500 technology buyers from government, public safety, transportation, utilities and other enterprises gather together at IWCE to see the latest in effective and efficient wireless communications systems. The tradeshow features over 350 of the top manufacturers showcasing the latest in communications technology, and the conference program features an impressive lineup of the most influential industry leaders presenting on next-generation networks, spectrum utilization, emerging technologies, regulatory issues, smart cities, infrastructure and interoperability. Register today at using promo code H6 for discounts, courtesy of this magazine.



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