September 2014




Feature Article


Achieving Compliance to Small Format Battery Pack Standards
John C. Copeland, VP/COO, Energy Assurance LLC

From my days as a young Marine Corps Officer, it was stressed that “Safety is Paramount”. The same is very much the case when it comes to the design of small-format secondary lithium battery packs. Failure in this regard risks personal injury and property damage, not to mention significant losses associated with negative publicity for those deemed responsible in the court of public opinion. <read more>






Critical Power





  Guest Blog



Battery Monitoring with Remote Services Ensures Critical System Availability

Milind Paranjape, Marketing Manager – Service Solutions
Emerson Network Power, Liebert Services

According to focus groups conducted by Emerson Network Power in 2012, IT managers, facility managers and C-level executives want UPS features that help them maintain and manage their critical spaces on a day-to-day basis. More specifically, they expressed a need for more information to do the following: predict, prevent, respond to, and recover from downtime risks; justify their capital requests; and answer questions posed to them by their senior management regarding failures and overall performance. <read more>




  Sponsored Announcement

Expanding Technology for Advanced
Battery Applications & Fuel Cells

Dexmet has taken the “Expanding Technology” to the next generation of advancements, the micro-mesh material manufactured by Dexmet is infinitely variable, and the proprietary equipment developed anddesigned at Dexmet produces expanded material with smaller holes than anyone else and produces material that is thinner than anyone else in our marketplace. The expansion process produces a very consistent product as far as open area, hole size and conductivity.

dexmetDexmet expanded materials are perfect for Advanced Batteries Applications and Fuel Cells, especially where you are using multi stacks of materials and you need consistent conductivity from stack to stack also the expansion process is more cost effective unlike perforated material.

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.

Alber delivers the battery monitoring solutions you need. The Alber BDSU-50 delivers new technology and added features with the quality you’ve come to rely on!
• Real time battery monitoring for 12V/16V up to 50 modules in series
• Save time and money by automating the IEEE Recommended Practices for Battery Maintenance and Testing
• Increase reliability with 24x7 data collection, analysis and remote alarm notification


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

System Advantages and Features
• New patented DC test verifies the integrity of the entire  battery system.
- Internal Cell Resistance Test (Battery State of Health)
- Intertier Connection Resistance Test
- Mid-String Disconnect Switch Resistance
• No onsite computer is required for  data collection and alarming Multiple remote communication options
• Easily integrates to building management systems
• Manage your battery assets  across multiple sites with the Battery Xplorer Enterprise software
• Self-Calibrating

alberThe Most Innovative LIB Reactor

Looking for uniformity, high-density, reduced production time and continuous reaction? Please visit Laminar's booth #B1744 at The Battery Show, USA and make sure for yourself.


  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>


Fluke 500 Series Battery Analyzers Simplify the Testing of Mission Critical Battery Backup Systems
Batteries are the mainstay of backup power systems and require regular testing to ensure their reliability. <read more>

High Energy Density NSB 210FT Red and Blue+
NorthStar Battery has introduced two new products that deliver 10 percent more backup power in a similar footprint to a 190FT. <read more>


Lower Vibratory Amplitude and Higher Vibratory Force Provides Better Impedance Match for Successful Welding
Sonobond’s ultrasonic technology provides an ultrasonic system capable of welding the tin-coated wires and terminals essential to electrical applications for high-temperature, high-humidity and other environmentally challenging conditions. <read more>

Liberty DCS American Battery
C&D Technologies, Inc., a producer and marketer of complete, integrated, standby power systems has announced a follow up to the newly released Liberty DCS Product Line. <read more>


See More New Products Online
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  Industry News

Toshiba to Provide Rapid Recharge SCiB Batteries for Proterra Zero-Emission Bus Fleet
Toshiba has been selected as the battery supplier for the next generation, all-electric, zero-emission bus from Proterra, Inc., an electric vehicle (EV) transit bus manufacturer. <read more>

EnerDel and Allison Transmission Enter into Strategic Relationship
EnerDel and Allison Transmission  have entered into a strategic relationship naming the battery manufacturer’s PP320-689-LP Vigor+ pack as approved Allison support equipment. <read more>

Oak Ridge Energy Technologies Secures $3 Million Subscription Agreement
Oak Ridge Energy Technologies, Inc. has announced the completion of a $3 million Subscription Agreement. Precept Fund Management SPC entered into the Agreement for and on behalf of Prescient Fund Segregated Portfolio, the principal shareholder, and Prescient Fund will receive 15 million shares of the company’s common stock under the Agreement. <read more>




Event Listings

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


DeviceTech 2015
April 15-16
Chicago, Ill.

alberMarket demands are calling for profound advancements in system intelligence, smaller
size, low power design, connectivity, mobile applications and ergonomics to make
devices that are smarter, longer lasting and more connected. DeviceTech will explore the
strategies, solutions and technologies that product developers can employ to improve
their existing products and create their next generation. It will consist of two full days of
educational sessions along with an exhibition showcasing solutions in:

Connectivity • Wireless Charging & Power • Advanced Power Sources • Security
Motion Sensing, Orientation, Tracking/Location • Display & Lighting • MEMS
Advanced Materials • Certification & Testing • System Intelligence


Critical Power 2015
May 13-14
Milwaukee, WI

alberCritical Power is conference and exhibition on the latest advancements in UPS/standby power supply and power quality solutions for industrial, facilities and emergency applications. The conference will be held May 13-14, 2015 at the Milwaukee Convention Center and serve the needs of managers and technical professionals involved in manufacturing, industrial and facility operations where reliable and continuous power is a critical factor.

• Learn best practices and technical advancements you can apply to your operations.
•  Network with peers and market-leading technical experts.
•  See a comprehensive array of products and services that be applied to your operations.
•  Meet potential business and strategic alliance partners.
•  Attend in-depth workshops and master classes on key technical subjects important to your professional training and certification. 

Markets and applications served will include manufacturing and industrial operations, facilities management, data centers, public safety and emergency services, transportation systems, healthcare, education, government facilities, utilities and infrastructure.

Subjects covered in the program will include choosing the right system and technologies for your requirements, best practices in testing and maintenance, system economics, assessing new and emerging technologies, monitoring for reliability, operations for emergency and disaster scenarios, and case studies of managing power interruptions.


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