April 2014

Guest Blogs


Next-Generation Batteries: Problems and Solutions

Sam Jaffe, Navigant Research

It’s clear that today we live in a lithium ion world.  That’s the chemistry that powers our phones, our computers, our power tools, our electric vehicles, and our grid energy storage systems.  The only thing that it doesn’t do, yet, is start our cars (that’s still the domain of much cheaper lead-acid batteries).  Navigant Research expects that the age of lithium ion (Li-ion) will continue for at least the next 10 years. <read more>














Understanding Battery Lifespan to Avoid Data Center Downtime

Gregory Ratcliff, Director of Life Cycle Management Services,
Emerson Network Power, Liebert Services

When striving to achieve consistent and efficient operation, the UPS system is critical to data center emergency power systems.  While tests and assessments are often completed to safeguard these systems, a UPS is only as reliable as the batteries that support it. In fact, recent Emerson Network Power research on critical infrastructure shows that nearly 37 percent of down units are due to battery failure. <read more>



PRBA to Pursue Changes to Secondary Cell Export Controls Under Wassenaar Arrangement

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

As the energy density of lithium ion cells continues to improve, PRBA – The Rechargeable Battery Association has become increasingly concerned that the export restrictions on “secondary cells” under an international treaty known as the Wassenaar Arrangement could impede technological development. Therefore, PRBA has started to explore the possibility of eliminating these export controls on secondary cells. <read more>


Wireless Power: Getting Down to Business

Upal Sengupta, Staff Applications Engineer, Texas Instruments

About a year ago, I wrote a post about resonance and how it relates to the wireless power systems we’ve been developing at TI to enable convenient charging of mobile devices. Since that time, the industry has made a lot of progress in bringing wireless power solutions to the next level. While many people may still consider wireless power an “exotic” or niche technology, there are already tens of millions of portable devices with wireless charging capability in the hands of end users. <read more>


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Free Webinar from Navigant Research May 6th


Beyond Lithium Ion: Next Generation Battery Technologies

Lithium ion batteries will be the world leader in advanced battery chemistries over the next decade, as they come to dominate the stationary energy storage, automotive, and portable power markets. However, the race is already underway to develop the chemistry that will succeed Li-ion in the decades to come.  Featuring principal research analyst Sam Jaffe along with Frasier Seymour, CEO of Ionova Technologies, this webinar will explore the strengths and weaknesses of these future battery chemistries, including how they measure up to specifications required for various applications.

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  New Products

AEG Power Solutions Launches a Wireless Battery Management System for Large Energy Storage Installations
AEG Power Solutions, a global provider of power electronics systems and solutions for industrial power supplies and renewable energy solutions, has launched a wireless battery cell control system, MoniStore-SC.BCCS, targeting battery energy storage applications.

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StoreDot’s Next Generation Smartphone Battery Fully Charges in 30 Seconds
StoreDot Ltd has unveiled a battery capable of charging your smartphone and other devices in 30 seconds. StoreDot specializes in technology that is inspired by natural processes, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly. <read more>


HRDT Series
Arbin has developed a product series designed for customers requiring high rate discharge testing. The High Rate Discharge Tester (HRDT) series provides customers with the equipment required for performing SLI cranking tests, and other similar cold cranking discharge profiles. <read more>


Anton/Bauer Introduces New Digital Battery and Performance Charger Series
Anton/Bauer has unveiled its Digital Battery series and Performance Charger series. Anton/Bauer’s Digital Battery series is the first battery line designed specifically to power digital production for the professional broadcast, cinema and new media sectors. <read more>



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  Industry News

Lithium Ion Batteries for Electric Vehicles Will Surpass $26 Billion in Annual Revenue by 2023
The steady increase in sales of electric vehicles (EVs) has led to advances in EV batteries, particularly those using lithium ion (Li-ion) technology.  While early hybrid vehicles featured nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries, Li-ion batteries have taken over, particularly in the latest generation of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). <read more>


WiTricity and Protonex to Bring Wireless Charging to the Front Lines
WiTricity, the industry provider in Highly Resonant Wireless Power Transfer (HRWPT) over distance, announced a major contract award by Protonex, a provider of advanced portable power solutions for military applications. <read more>


GE Announces Interoperability Convenience for EV Drivers with Open Access to WattStation Connect Software Platform
GE’s Industrial Solutions business is implementing an open access standard to its electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) Connect software platform to provide simple interoperability for drivers and expanded unit capabilities for owners. <read more>


Event Listings

BatteryPower2014In-Depth Workshops Provide Advanced Training

Battery Power 2014, August 6-7 in Denver, Colorado will feature pre-conference workshops on August 5th. Seating is limited and typically sell-out. Register today to reserve your seat.

Practical Implementation of Wireless Power Systems from 2 – 10 Watts
Presented by: Upal Sengupta, Bill Johns, Dick Stacey, Texas Instruments
When: August 5th, 8:00 am- 12:00 pm

Wireless Power and contactless charging technology has become a reality, with millions of mobile phone devices that implement this system today. Yet, this technology is still in its early phases of adoption across a wide range of new applications including wearable products and industrial / medical applications. We will review the basics of how this technology operates, and briefly compare the three common standards (WPC, PMA, and A4WP) being considered for the broad market.

Lithium Battery Shipping: Interpreting Continuously Changing Regulations
Presented by: Bob Richards and Jim Shimk, LabelMaster
When: August 5th, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
In this workshop, Bob Richard, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, and Jim Shimko, Senior Manager of Dangerous Goods, Labelmaster Services will discuss how newly enacted regulations for transporting lithium battery-powered equipment continue to cause various headaches for shippers. The frustration shippers experience when shipping lithium batteries due to the continuously changing regulations and inconsistent interpretations.

Lithium-Ion Battery Tutorial
Presented by: Robert Spotnitz, Battery Design LLC
When: August 5th, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This full day course surveys all aspects of lithium-ion batteries ranging from materials and processes, to cell designs. A thorough overview of the issues involved in life estimation, thermal behavior, and abuse tolerance is provided. How to design lithium-ion cells is discussed in detail with an emphasis on comparing different chemistries.

Click here to Read Full Workshop Descriptions and to Register


BCIBattery Council International’s 126th Convention and Power Mart Expo
April 27-30
San Diego, Calif.

The leaders of the battery industry are gathering at Battery Council International's 126th Convention and Power Mart Expo. Join us in San Diego, California from April 27-30, 2014.
BCI is dedicated to advancing our industry's products and companies successfully into the future. The BCI Convention is the place for battery professionals to keep up with emerging technologies and changing regulations to do business more effectively in the global marketplace.

The Convention gives you the chance to hear leading authorities talk about critical regulatory activities affecting the global lead acid battery industry, and learn about issues that have a direct impact on your company. Discover the most up-to-date and comprehensive perspective on the various authorities that govern our industry.

Don’t miss your chance to register online! The final day for online registration is Thursday, April 17. REGISTER NOW!

May 5-8
Las Vegas, Nev.

EDS is a leadership summit where the movers, shakers and brightest minds that electronics manufacturers, distributors and representatives have to offer come together to exchange ideas. In an energized, progressive atmosphere, top decision makers come together to build business through high-level strategic meetings, event functions and informal gatherings. Business relationships are rekindled and new ones are formed. At EDS 2014, we’re inviting all attendees to Engage in the summit more than ever before. From connecting with others via our LinkedIn conversations to utilizing the matchmaking tool to gathering with other attendees in the new Connections Cafe, EDS offers an environment of participation.  Reserve your place for EDS 2014 at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, May 5-8, 2014. Visit EDSConnects.com.

BCISensors Expo & Conference
June 24-26
Rosemont, Ill.


Sensors Expo & Conference is the only industry event in North America exclusively focused on sensors and sensor-integrated systems, providing nearly 30 years of technical innovation and thought leadership! The conference program is dedicated to exploring the most up-to-date innovations in sensor technology, including MEMS, Energy Harvesting, Internet of Things (IoT), Wireless, Sensor Fusion, Sensors @ Work, Measurement & Detection, and more. Sensors Expo & Conference identifies cutting-edge trends, explores them in an information-packed conference program and reflects those trends throughout the exhibit floor with new product announcements, key technology-focused areas, such as Energy Harvesting, IoT MEMS and Wireless, and a showcase of hundreds of products and services. Visit www.sensorsexpo.com to register today and for information on the 2014 event.



BCISuper Mobility Week powered by CTIA
September 8 – Pre-conference Events
September 9, 10 & 11 – Conference & Exposition
Sands Expo and Convention Center, Las Vegas


Anchored by CTIA's two shows—the flagship CTIA 2014 show and its mobile IT show, MobileCON—Super Mobility Week will host 40,000+ mobile professionals and executives, 1,100+ exhibitors, as well as 1,000+ media and analysts. Leaders from across the globe will gather for this powerhouse, week-long event representing different sectors across the wireless ecosystem. Register now!



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