August 2014




Feature Articles


Power System Protection Through Monitoring and Remote Services Improves Availability

Frank Bibens, President, Emerson Network Power, Global Services

For five of the past seven years, availability has been one of the top three infrastructure concerns for data center, IT and facility managers according to biannual surveys of the Data Center Users’ Group (DCUG), and that concern is likely to remain. <read more>


Changing Focus of Battery Chargers for Differing Battery Chemistries
Bob Wylie, Director
, Advanced Charger Technology

Since its incorporation in the late 1990s, Advanced Charger Technology (ACT) has maintained its focus on the charging and maintenance of rechargeable batteries used on portable two-way radios and thermal imaging devices. Throughout this time there has been a trade-off at the user level in terms of overall weight considerations, battery costs and energy demands of the battery from enhancements in radio features. <read more>












Guest Blogs

Vermont Passes Primary Battery Recycling Legislation; Other States to Consider Similar Legislation in 2015

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

In late May, Vermont became the first US state to enact a primary battery recycling bill requiring the development of a program for collecting and recycling primary batteries.  The statute puts that burden on battery and some battery-powered manufacturers who place batteries on the market in the Green Mountain State. <read more>



  Sponsored Announcement

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If you were unabel to attend Battery Power 2014, you can now purchase the conference proceedings, which includes PDFs of the presentations. Click here for details.

  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>


Cell-Con, Inc. Releases Off-the-Shelf Smart Li-Ion Batteries

In efforts to assist Engineers and OEM’s get to market faster, Cell-Con, Inc. is offering a variety of Li-ion batteries already developed with worldwide approvals. No development expense, tooling or agency approval costs are needed for our standard battery packs and corresponding charger. <read more>


Smart Carbon Batteries Designed to Improve Battery Performance in Partial State of Charge
Trojan Battery, Co. LLC, has released its new lines of deep-cycle batteries featuring Smart Carbon technology, which addresses the impact of partial state of charge (PSOC) on cycling batteries in renewable energy (RE), inverter backup and remote telecom applications. <read more>


IDT Announces 2-Watt Wireless Power Receiver for Wearable Devices

Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (IDT) has released a 2-watt wireless power receiver and battery charger, delivering improved technology in a compact package well suited for small form factors, including wearable applications. <read more>


ON Semiconductor Introduces Integrated Lithium-ion Battery Protection Controller for Smartphones and Tablets

ON Semiconductor  has announced a Lithium-ion battery protection controller for smartphones and tablets. The highly-integrated LC05111CMT utilizes analog circuit technology, MOSFET technology and advanced packaging expertise to incorporate controller and driver functions in a single circuit. <read more>


Arbin Releases the High Channel Count Battery Tester

In response to researcher and manufacturer needs to test high numbers of batteries in a robust, proven and cost effective way, Arbin has developed the High Channel Count Battery Tester. <read more>

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  Industry News


Panasonic and Tesla Sign Agreement for the Gigafactory
Panasonic Corp. and Tesla Motors, Inc. have signed an agreement that lays out their cooperation on the construction of a large-scale battery manufacturing plant in the US, known as the Gigafactory. <read more>


MIPI Alliance Enhances its Battery Interface Specification with “Smart Battery” Capabilities for Mobile Devices

The MIPI Alliance, an international organization that develops interface specifications for mobile and mobile-influenced industries, has announced updates to its Battery Interface Specification (BIF) for mobile devices. <read more>


US Department of Transportation Issues New Standards to Improve Safety of Lithium Battery Transportation

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued new standards to strengthen safety conditions for the shipment of lithium cells and batteries. These changes, some of which focus specifically on shipments by air, will better ensure that lithium cells and batteries are able to withstand normal transportation conditions and are packaged to reduce the possibility of damage that could lead to an unsafe situation. <read more>




Event Listings

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


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