July 2014


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Feature Articles


Demand Increases Worldwide for US-Made Batteries in Emerging Markets

Elke Hirschman, Vice President of Marketing, Trojan Battery Co., LLC

Trojan Battery and its team of engineers continually research and develop enhanced deep-cycle battery technologies to best serve a variety of markets.  In 2014, Trojan will focus its efforts on expanding our US-based manufacturing activities, and incorporating a proprietary carbon additive to its renewable energy battery lines. <read more>


Testing Needs and Challenges of Today’s Battery Researchers and Manufacturers
Antony Parulian, VP of Marketing and Sales, Arbin Instruments

As a global supplier of energy storage testing systems, Arbin Instruments learns about the testing needs of battery researchers and manufacturers before anyone else. As 2014 unfolds, Arbin’s product focus continues to be to develop responsive, high quality and technically advanced testing solutions for our customers. Two areas of test equipment we see an increased need for are testers capable of validating longer lasting battery technologies in a shorter period of time, and the ability to test a high number of batteries in a cost effective way. <read more>














Guest Blogs

Mitigating the Risk of Battery Failure: Monitoring Is Ideal for Critical System Protection

Scott Baer, Marketing Manager – Batteries, Emerson Network Power, Liebert Services

The UPS that supports critical systems is only as reliable as its batteries. While seemingly low-tech, they require the utmost in care and attention to avoid the costly consequences of unplanned downtime. Emerson Network Power customer surveys have shown that more than a third of down units are due to battery failure. In fact, a single bad cell in a string of batteries could compromise the entire backup power system and leave an organization without protection. <read more>



Primary Lithium Batteries for AMI/AMR Systems

Shridhar Pandey, Country Manager, Ramway Technology Co. Ltd.

Nowadays, primary lithium batteries plays a fundamental role in AMI/AMR systems. Because the failure of battery can lead to many problems such as service calls that effects the profit of metering and utility companies and gives the negative impact or impression.

The AMI/AMR system are implemented in remote locations so it is very difficult to reach. Such as ground pits and other unreachable area. So it is difficult or not possible to go and change. <read more>


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• Overall String Voltage
• Individual Cell Temperatures (Option)
• Discharge and Float  Currents
• Thermal Runaway Management
• Individual Cell Voltages
• Ambient Temperature
• AC Ripple Current

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- Internal Cell Resistance Test (Battery State of Health)
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We focus on helping our customers design the best custom battery pack products that are the most cost effective, environmentally safe and exceed all of their specifications. Our offering of batteries and custom battery packs allows us to work with our customers and their engineering teams to manage the power needs of their end products.


Smart Battery Pack Systems
As battery technologies continue to increase every day and can now be viewed more as power systems/power supplies than normal batteries. Smart battery packs can offer embedded electronics, which improves the safety, reliability, cycle-life and functionality of the battery while giving the end-product system engineer more options to make the end-product more reliable and user friendly.


Battery Team Experience
Our battery team has over twenty-two years of experience in military, medical, industrial, and high-volume consumer industries providing Epec a distinct advantage when developing and qualifying battery designs for use in these industries.


Our experience includes pioneering the development of custom safety circuits and battery chargers for the Li-Sulfur chemistry. We have extensive experience in the development of safety-circuits, fuel gauging, and battery chargers for Li-Ion, and Li-Polymer chemistries. As a result, our team has received numerous patents in their area of work.

  New Products

New Lithium-Ion Battery Converter/Charger

A new lithium-ion battery converter/charger, the Inteli-Power 9100L series, is available from Progressive Dynamics, Inc.  These 12 volt and 24 volt lithium-ion battery converter/chargers are designed to meet the stringent voltages required for properly charging and maintaining lithium batteries.  Lithium-ion batteries require special balancing circuits and chargers to prevent overcharging a cell or discharging too much. <read more>


Delta Electronics Introduces Innovative Battery Energy Storage Solution
Delta Electronics has launched a new Battery Energy Storage Solution (BESS). This  energy-saving solution is complementary with renewable energy production systems in smart grids, and helps managing energy demand to ultimately reduce or defer the overall costs of grid investment and power dispatch. <read more>


Expansion of Würth Elektronik’s Wireless Power Coils

Würth Elektronik has expanded its Wireless Power Coil program with three transmitter coils and one receiver coil. The new round transmitter coils 760 308 100 110 (A10) and 760 308 100 111 (A11) comply with the Qi standard of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC).

<read more>


Long-Life Paper-Thin Batteries to Power Tomorrow’s Tiny Tech
STMicroelectronics has begun limited production of its EnFilm advanced rechargeable batteries that are less than 0.25 mm thick. <read more>

See More New Products Online
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  Industry News

Battery Technology Doubles Cell Phone Battery Life and Reduces Cost by More than One-Third
ZAF Energy Systems, Inc. has successfully completed a milestone in its development of the next generation rechargeable metal-air battery. <read more>


Arotech Battery and Power Systems Division Unveils New Hybrid Power System
Arotech Corp. has announced a Man Portable Hybrid Power Management System that its Battery and Power Division's UEC Electronics subsidiary unveiled to the US Department of Defense (DoD). <read more>

Saft Awarded $17.5 Million Contract for the Supply of Multiple Batteries for Military Aircraft
Saft has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract from Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime (DLA). Under the contract, totaling $17.5 million, Saft will provide nickel-based batteries and cells for military aircraft applications to be used by the US military. <read more>


Shipments of Advanced Battery Cells Reached 6.7 Billion in 2013
The advanced battery industry saw continued growth in 2013, as demand for batteries as an alternative means to power vehicles, grid management equipment and devices increased in multiple industries around the world.  <read more>


Event Listings


Stay on the Forefront of Advanced Battery Technology

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From consumer electronics to medical devices, mobile devices are an integral part of everyday life. Improving the consumer experience with longer battery life and convenient charging can give companies a competitive edge. Join hundreds of industry leaders at Battery Power 2014 to discuss the best practices to improve your power needs.

Battery Power 2014 is designed for OEM design engineers, system engineers, technical and management professionals involved in mobile battery powered products. Presentation topics include power management, wireless charging, testing & safety, as well as the latest market trends.

“With billions of dollars being spent every year on consumer electronics and the trend to integrate wireless charging into main-stream America, it is more important than ever for design engineers to develop products that live up to consumer expectations,” said Shannon Given, program manager of Battery Power 2014. “With devices such as tablets and smart phones, design engineers are seeking ways to improve battery life while reducing the battery footprint. Staying ahead of new shipping regulations will also save manufacturers and OEMs time and money. Battery Power 2014 addresses these topics and others impacting mobile devices.”


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The Battery Show
September 16-18
Detroit, Mich.


BatteryPower2014Taking place September 16-18, in Detroit, Michigan, The Battery Show 2014 is the premier showcase of advanced battery technology. The exhibition hall offers a platform to network and launch new products, while the Conference boasts a comprehensive program, providing key industry insights. With more qualified buyers and decision makers than ever, The Battery Show is the key to unlocking your future business opportunities.


September 28-October 2
Vancouver, Canada


alberINTELEC 2014 announces updated program information for the 36th annual conference to be held, from September 28 - October 2, at the Vancouver Convention Center in Vancouver.  This year's keynote address will be given by Alex Tang, a consultant on earthquake engineering on lifelines, such as telecommunications and electric power on "Time for Reflection: Telecommunications and Electric Power Resilience.”  In addition, daily plenary sessions from industry leaders Victor Goncalves, P.Eng, FEC (Chief Technology Officer Alpha Technologies Inc) Ewart Blackmore (Senior Research Scientist, TRIUMF) and Bruce Carsten (President, Bruce Carsten Associates) will provide their insights and industry perspectives on hot topics for the entire audience.  For more information including Conference Venue, Technical Program, Exhibition, Social Program and to register, visit  www.intelec2014.org/registration.




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