May 2014


Guest Blogs


Required or Recommended: Understanding Battery Maintenance Standards for Critical System Protection

Wally Vahlstrom, Director Technical Services
Emerson Network Power, Electrical Reliability Services

Batteries are critical components in any uninterruptible power supply (UPS). Whether we consider an industrial facility, a data center, or the critical power supply to relays and control components of utility systems, the performance of batteries is instrumental to ensuring system availability. <read more>


For Lithium Ion Batteries, Growth Is a Game Changer

George Kerchner, Executive Director
PRBA – The Rechargeable Battery Association

Here’s an intriguing headline that appeared in ClimateProgress: How Scientists, Car Companies, And the Military Are Creating the Smartest Energy Solution on The Market. What’s the “smartest energy solution?” The answer is: “Lots and lots of batteries.” <read more>















The Sound You Hear is Completely Normal

Upal Sengupta, Staff Applications Engineer
Texas Instruments

Have you ever had trouble with your car and taken it to the shop for repair, only to have the mechanic tell you that there’s nothing wrong with it?  I used to have an old truck that made a weird rattling noise in damp weather.  Nobody ever figured out what it was, and the conclusion was that it was supposed to sound that way. <read more>



Power Banks: Portable Back-Up Battery Power for Consumer Electronics – Global Compliance

Ibrahim Jilani, Program Manager

As of May 1st, 2014, Taiwan’s Bureau of Standards, Metrology & Inspection (BSMI) has mandated that rechargeable lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery packs used in Computer, Communication, & Consumer Electronics be certified to CNS 15364 (similar to IEC 62133).  This also includes the product type known as “Power Bank” or the portable back-up battery power, which also requires safety requirements from CNS 14336-1 (IEC 60950-1) and EMI requirements from CNS 13438 (CISPR 22) be considered.  <read more>


The Lithium Battery Saga Continues with Additional Restrictions to Come in 2015

Bob Richard, Vice President for Regulatory Affairs
Labelmaster Services

A special session of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Dangerous Goods Panel (DGP) was convened in Montreal, Canada from April 7-11 2014 to address the transport of lithium batteries as cargo aboard aircraft.  The focus of the meeting was on a proposed prohibition of lithium metal batteries as cargo on Passenger Aircraft.  <read more>


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  New Products

Power Japan Plus Reveals New Ryden Dual Carbon Battery
Power Japan Plus has launched a new battery technology, the Ryden dual carbon battery. This battery offers energy density comparable to a lithium ion battery, but over a much longer functional lifetime with drastically improved safety and cradle-to-cradle sustainability. <read more>


Omron's Battery Connector for Mobile Devices
Omron  has introduced a battery connector that is manufactured using electroforming technology. The XD2B line of battery connectors combines electroformed contacts with microfabrication  to achieve a 2 mm pitch and 2.6 mm depth. <read more>


IR Expands StrongIRFET Family with 60 V MOSFETs Featuring Ultra-Low Rds(on) for Industrial Applications
International Rectifier, IR, has announced the expansion of its StrongIRFET MOSFET portfolio to include 60 V devices for a wide variety of industrial applications including power tools, Light Electric Vehicle (LEV) inverters, DC motor drives, Li-Ion battery pack protection, and Switched Mode Power Supply (SMPS) secondary-side synchronous rectification. <read more>


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  Industry News

Johnson Controls and UW-Madison Join Forces to Test New Battery Technology
A new laboratory at the Wisconsin Energy Institute on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus will strengthen Johnson Controls' capabilities as the company researches and develops next-generation technology. <read more>


Eos Energy Storage Showcases Battery Technology at Grand Opening of New York’s BEST Test and Commercialization Center
Eos Energy Storage  showcased its novel zinc hybrid cathode (Znyth) battery at the grand opening of the BEST Test and Commercialization Center in Rochester, New York. Eos is among the first companies to deliver a system to the Center for testing, a key step towards commercialization of its 1 MW/6 MWh Aurora energy storage solution.

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Trinity Capital Investment and CapX Partners Team Up to Close a $20 Million Venture Debt Loan to Advanced Battery Manufacturer Aquion Energy
Trinity Capital Investment and CapX Partners have announced their recent collaboration and closing of a $20 million venture debt loan to meet the existing and future debt financing needs of Aquion Energy, Inc., an early stage energy storage company with a disruptive battery technology. <read more>


Flexible Battery, No Lithium Required
A Rice University laboratory has flexible, portable and wearable electronics in its sights with the creation of a thin film for energy storage. <read more>


Event Listings


Design Challenges for Consumer Batteries Explored

Join hundreds of design engineer, OEMs, end-users and battery manufacturers at Battery Power 2014, August 6-7 in Denver, Colo. The 2014 event will provide OEM and mobile device engineers the tools and technologies to get the most from their mobile devices: from new battery designs to wireless charging.

Click here to view the entire program and take advantage of early registration pricing.


Consumer Battery Track Sessions:

Design Considerations of Advanced Batteries for Portable Power Applications and Consumer Electronic Devices
David Shen, PhD, President and CEO, NEXcell Battery Co., Ltd., Steven Chen, Vice President, NEXcell Battery Co., Ltd.

Lithium Ion Batteries 101: What Drives the Safety Design?
Jan Swart, Principal, Exponent

Preventing Counterfeiting: Challenges and Selection Criteria for an Authentication Solution
Robert Rozario, Marketing Manager – Authentication and Battery Management Solutions, Infineon Technologies North America, Inc.

System Level Considerations in the Design of Battery Packs and Chargers
Carl Gallenson, VP Engineering, iTECH

Pack Integration for a High Powered and Diverse World
Monika Minarcin, General Manager, ATC New Technologies

Converting Designs from Lithium-Ion to Primary Battery Power

Terry Cleveland, Manager, Design Architecture and Applications Engineering, Microchip Technology, Inc.
John Haroian, Senior Field Applications Engineer, Microchip Technology, Inc.
Adam Jakubiak, Technical Team Lead, Product Technical Support, Energizer


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 to register today and for information on the 2014 event.




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