February 2014


Feature Article


UPS Goes Green to Save Green

David Chetham-Strode, WW Product Manager – Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions, HP

With space and energy conservation key topics among IT and facilities decision makers, UPS manufacturers are continually striving to design smaller products with fewer parts, lower cost, easier recycling and less weight. This delicate balance of innovative engineering combined with supply chain component and materials selection seeks to achieve a green energy solution, facilitating improvements in recycling, energy conservation and heat management. <read more>








  Guest Blog




It’s Time to Align US Lithium Battery Air Transport Rules with International Standards

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

For years, PRBA–The Rechargeable Battery Association, along with other business and transportation groups, has urged the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to update its regulations applicable to air shipments of lithium batteries by harmonizing its regulations with the more stringent international requirements.   The regulatory effort in Washington has proved long and arduous. <read more>

  Sponsored Announcement

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Battery Applications & Fuel Cells

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Dexmet expanded materials
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The expansion process allows you to yield higher amounts of material than what you put in, this is especially important when your application requires expensive materials like platinum, niobium, zirconium and titanium.

  New Products

STMicroelectronics Launches STM32 Ultra-Low-Power Microcontrollers for Consumer, Health and Industrial Applications

STMicroelectronics has announced a new range of 32-bit general-purpose microcontrollers that will significantly extend battery life in a wide range of consumer, health and industrial applications. <read more>


Enhance Safety, Cycle Life and Performance of Li-Ion Batteries with New Type of Ceramic Separator
Porous Power Technologies, LLC (PPT) has launched the Symmetrix NC2020, a ceramic battery separator designed to significantly improve thermal stability and safety of large-format lithium-ion batteries. <read more>


Ultra-Low Profile Surface Mount 2032 Coin Cell Holders
When circuit board height is a critical design parameter, Keystone offers a solution with an ultra-low profile holder for the #2032 Lithium Coin Cells. <read more>


Delta-Q Introduces CAN Bus Functionality to the IC650 Charger for On-Board Integration
Delta-Q Technologies has announced the availability of CAN bus communication functionality for the IC650 Industrial Battery Charger.

<read more>


See More New Products Online
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  Industry News

Organic Mega Flow Battery Promises Breakthrough for Renewable Energy

A team of Harvard scientists and engineers has demonstrated a new type of battery that could fundamentally transform the way electricity is stored on the grid, making power from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar far more economical and reliable.

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Companies Collaborate to Make Wireless Power as Commonplace as WiFi
Flextronics and Powermat Technologies have announced a strategic agreement aimed at bringing state-of-the-art wireless power to electronics of all kinds, and to consumers worldwide. Powermat technologies have already been adopted by major global players including AT&T General Motors, Procter & Gamble and Starbucks. <read more>


WattJoule Licenses Flow Battery Technology Developed by PNNL
WattJoule Corp., a developer of next-generation flow battery energy storage systems, has entered into an intellectual property licensing agreement with Battelle. <read more>


CODA Energy Receives First UL 1973 Safety Certification for a Commercial Energy Storage System

Following months of rigorous testing and evaluation, CODA’s energy storage system, the CODA Core, has received ‘subject 1973’ safety standards certification from UL (Underwriters Laboratories). <read more>



Event Listings

BatteryPower2014Seeking Mobile Device Experts

Battery 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.


Click Here for Details on Submitting an Abstract


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 www.iwceexpo.com/register using promo code H6 for discounts, courtesy of this magazine.


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