October 2015

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A Review of America’s First Step Towards the Harmonization of Portable Battery Standards: UL 62133
John C. Copeland, VP/COO • Energy Assurance LLC

Although not widely publicized, Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL) released a new battery standard applicable to rechargeable lithium cells and battery packs in early January 2015.  This standard, UL 62133 (Revision 1), takes its place among other country-specific versions of the IEC 62133 international standard which has been in active use for global battery approvals for many years.  Why is this important?  After all, do we really need another battery standard?  As it turns out the answer is a definite “Yes” and is driven by a single concept – Harmonization. <read more>



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Using Fujifilm Prescale During The Manufacture and Test of Li-Ion Cells and Batteries
Sensor Products, Inc.

It is generally accepted that battery manufacturers reject over five percent of cells during manufacturing and testing. Two major causes of these rejects are cell leakage and failure of formation cycling and charge-retention tests. Leakage usually occurs when there are defects in the perimeter seals of cells or in fill tubes. Cycling and charge-retention problems are a result of defects in positive and negative electrodes. For economic reasons, all cell and battery manufacturers strive to eliminate these costly rejects. <read more>


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  Sponsored Announcement

Expanding Technology for Advanced Battery Applications & Fuel Cells

dexmetDexmet 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.


Dexmet 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.


  New Products

Intersil Announces the Power Combo for 2-in-1s, Ultrabooks and Tablets
Intersil Corp. has introduced its latest power saving solutions for 2-in-1s, ultrabooks and tablets: the ISL95852 highly integrated power management IC (PMIC) and the ISL95521 battery charger. Both devices meet Intel‘s IMVP8 specifications to support its new “Skylake” 6th Gen Intel Core processors. The ISL95852 and ISL95521 leverage Intersil’s patented R3 modulation technology, which delivers best-in-class light load efficiency, superior regulation accuracy and fast dynamic response, resulting in better system power management and longer battery life. <read more>


1,250 W Converters and Battery Chargers for Extreme Environmental Conditions
Schaefer, Inc. introduces the C3700 series of 1,250 Watt DC-DC and AC-DC converter modules and battery charger. Utilizing industrial grade components, the compact and robust 6U design provides a highly efficient, space-saving solution for the most extreme environments in industries such as rail and transit for railway controls, communications equipment, and beyond (onboard and wayside), military applications, transportation, alternative energy applications, and process control systems. <read more>


TI Introduces Power Battery Management Solution for Wearables and IoT Products
Delivering optimal battery life while reducing power consumption, Texas Instruments (TI) has introduced an integrated battery management solution presenting low quiescent current (Iq) at 700-nA with the buck converter, operating at 1.8 V. The bq25120 features a linear charger, configurable LDO, load switch, buck converter, pushbutton control and battery voltage monitor all in one. <read more>


CID2-Listed UPS and Battery Packs
Phoenix Contact’s QUINT UPS IQ family now includes both uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) and back-up batteries individually listed for Class I, Division 2 hazardous locations. By combining these components with Phoenix Contact’s CID2-listed power supplies, a designer can create an entire system that meets CID2 needs. <read more>

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  Industry News

The Market for Advanced and Post Lithium-Ion Batteries will Reach $14 Billion in 2026
While existing battery technologies such as lead acid and lithium-ion batteries will dominate the battery market in the following 10 years, advanced and post lithium-ion batteries given the right conditions can potentially take a considerable dent of about 10 percent of whole battery market by 2026. This is mostly because some of them are already in use in niche segments that will present high growth in the following 10 years. Indeed advanced and post lithium-ion battery technologies can reach a market value of $14 billion in 2026. <read more>


OXIS Energy Technology Launches into Space Project
OXIS Energy has joined the European Consortium for Lithium Sulfur Power for Space Environments (ECLIPSE), which will be led by Airbus Defence and Space. The research, aimed at developing Li-S technology for space applications will ensure that harsh space constraints are taken into account. The most recent battery technology based on lithium sulfur and developed by OXIS Energy has shown promising results, particularly in terms of specific energy and cycling performances. <read more>


Making Batteries with Portabella Mushrooms
Can portabella mushrooms stop cell phone batteries from degrading over time? Researchers at the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering think so. <read more>


Event Listings

Battery Power 2016Battery Power 2016 Call for Presentations

Battery Power 2016 is currently accepting abstracts. The international event is focused on latest developments and technologies in the battery industry, including  mobile, wearable, stationary, critical power and EV battery technology, as well as battery manufacturing, materials and research & development. Topics will include new battery designs, improving power management, predicting battery life and regulation and safety issues. Other topics include OEM/end user requirements, battery authentication and market trends.


The conference provides an excellent forum to discuss new developments in technology, market conditions and end-user requirements that are driving innovation, capabilities and features, application trends and performance improvements.


End-users presenting about any innovative project they may be involved in will be given priority on the show program.


Deadline to submit an abstract is December 10th. Click here for additional information.


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