May 2015

Feature Article



Tesla’s iPhone Moment: How the Powerwall will Change Global Energy Use
Isidor Buchmann, CEO and Founder, Cadex Electronics Inc.

The Tesla battery that Elon Musk announced gets much media attention, and rightly so. The Powerwall, as the Tesla battery is called, can store energy from renewable sources from solar panels and wind turbines to supplement energy needs and reduce the electrical bill. According to Musk, “Our goal is to fundamentally change the way the world uses energy.” This is a noble endeavor at a time when humanity draws more resources than our mother earth can give. <read more>

Lithium Battery Shipments Face Challenges as Regulators and Airlines Impose Additional Restrictions

Bob Richard, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Labelmaster

There have been a number of recent news media accounts related to the transport of lithium batteries aboard aircraft. While the air transport of lithium cells and batteries is fundamentally safe, there have been occurrences that should raise concern. Almost all of the incidents lack conclusive evidence to suggest that compliant shipments of lithium batteries pose any more risk than other hazardous materials frequently carried aboard aircraft, including explosives, flammable gases, corrosive materials and many others. What they do reveal is that non-compliant and undeclared lithium battery shipments are offered to airlines all too frequently. In addition, there is a lack of safety oversight of shippers who either don’t take the time and effort to comply with safety regulations and best shipping practices or intentionally violate regulations. <read more>















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  New Products

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Emerson Network Power Advances Battery Infrastructure Visibility and Power Availability with Alber Battery Management Software Platform

Emerson Network Power has introduced the Alber Battery Xplorer software platform. This new software improves visibility and maximizes the availability of critical power systems dependent on stationary back-up batteries by translating data into actionable insights that enable smarter, faster decisions. <read more>


New Saft Battery Approved for Bombardier Q400: Nine Times the Flight Maintenance Interval

Saft continues to enable lower-cost power options for aircraft with the Saft 435CH6 ULM battery. The product design reduces airplane operational costs due to battery upkeep by extending the standard flight hour maintenance interval by more than nine times compared to previous options. <read more>


Richardson RFPD Introduces Four SiC MOSFET-Based Power Modules for Solar, UPS and Battery Management from Vincotech

Richardson RFPD, Inc. has released the availability from stock and full design support capabilities for four 1,200 V SiC MOSFET-based power modules from Vincotech. The devices represent a new generation of Vincotech’s 1,200 V SiC MOSFET-based power modules, and they are designed specifically for solar, UPS and battery management applications. <read more>


New Prismatic Semi-Smart Standard Battery Pack with Charger
RRC has enhanced its standard battery pack series to include a single-cell prismatic Li-Ion battery. It is characterized by a slim and compact design with high energy density. <read more>


Thermally Conductive Adhesives and Materials for Module Assembly of Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Batteries
Responding to a strong and increasing demand in innovative manufacturing concepts for electric and hybrid vehicle batteries, Polytec PT provides adhesives, pottings and greases with high thermal conductivities that are customized with regard to processing parameters, thermal and mechanical properties and service durability. <read more>

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  Industry News

Proven Compliance Solutions, Inc. and Eagle Eye Power Solutions Partner to Address NERC PRC-005 and Real Time Battery Maintenance
Proven Compliance Solutions, Inc. (PCS) has announced a partnership with Eagle Eye Power Solutions, a provider in battery monitoring and testing solutions to meet NERC PRC-005 compliance. The current cost of battery maintenance, testing and record keeping at an entity’s substations, generating facilities and control centers can be overwhelming. <read more>


Samsung SDI to Open SDIBS for Strengthening Battery Pack Business
Samsung SDI Co. Ltd., a provider in energy storage solutions and electronic materials, has held the opening ceremony to officially commence operations of Samsung SDI Battery Systems(SDIBS) in Graz, Austria. <read more>


BESSTECH Announces $250K Investment from Eastern New York Angels
BESSTECH LLC, a developer of components that improve lithium-ion battery performance and storage, has received a $250,000 investment from the Eastern New York Angels (ENYA) to accelerate commercialization of its technology and further build its workforce in New York State. <read more>


Johnson Controls and Lawrence Technological University Go Beyond the Battery
Johnson Controls is partnering with Lawrence Technological University (LTU) to test and develop advanced battery systems in vehicles aimed at helping automakers meet increasing fuel economy and emissions standards. <read more>


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