February 16th, 2016

Battery Power 2016

Feature Article



Reducing TCO with the Right UPS Architecture and Operating Mode
Peter Panfil, Vice President, Global Power • Emerson Network Power

One of the most widely discussed issues throughout the world today is the rapidly increasing demand for energy within the computing industry. This is fueling interest in energy efficiency solutions worldwide. Many organizations are looking at their data center’s UPS systems to optimize efficiency while protecting availability and maintaining flexibility to quickly meet growing demands. <read more>






























Low-Power 2016

  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.

How to Improve Battery Safety? Find Out in the Free Online Seminar

NetzschLight-weight, high power density cells have dramatically changed the technology landscape over the last 20 years.  In particular, Li-Ion cells have taken a leading role in providing the portable power necessary for these technologies.  These same Li-ion cells have also been a source of many well documented  “thermal runaway” events.  The cost of these events have been dramatic for both cell manufacturer and their added-value partners.  Adiabatic calorimetry has been the tool most often used to characterize cells and measure thermal runaway.  The online seminar will focus on adiabatic calorimetry, its strengths and limitations, and its application to small and large cells and packs. 

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Bloggers Needed for 2016
Battery Power is looking for knowledgeable professionals in the  industry who’d like to contribute to our online community. Blogs will be featured on the Battery Power website and in the bi-weekly eNewsletter. Contributors can submit as often as they choose; just once, once a month, or anywhere in between. Bloggers will receive a free button ad (125×125) in newsletter in which the blog appears.

Space is limited so contact Shannon Given today to secure your spot.

  New Products

Is it Time to Replace Your Lead Acid with LiFePO4?
Before you think that Lithium Iron Phosphate is still too expensive, consider the total cost of ownership (TCO).


CellConFor starters, cycle life for LiFePO4 delivers thousands of cycles at 100 percent discharge. This is ~10x the life of traditional lead acid. LiFePO4 has virtually no self-discharge, compared to about 30 percent a month with Lead, resulting in shelf life of 3 years for Lithium and 1 year for Lead. The superior power of LiFePO4 provides consistent power over a wide range of states of discharge for greater pack utilization.


LiFePO4 reduces up to 30% of the size and weight of traditional lead acid batteries at equivalent capacities, greatly reducing shipping cost and on-board weight.


While Phosphate has no heavy metals and is fully recyclable, SLA contains lead and acid that is toxic to the environment.


For a “drop-in replacement,” the nominal voltage of LiFePO4 chemistry is 3.2V / cell. When 4 cells are connected in series the nominal voltage is 12.8V / cell. The nominal, maximal, and minimum voltage levels of 4 cells connected in series ensures backward compatibility to all varieties of Lead Acid battery systems without adjustment to the output (discharge) voltage or input (charge) voltage of the battery or charging system. The same applies to the series connection of two or more 12 volt battery systems to create a 24 volt or higher output voltage. Our “drop in replacement” line of 12V 7/10/19Ah, and 24V10Ah are in stock and ready to ship.


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New Three Phase Industrial Battery Chargers for Transportation Applications
APSApplied Power Systems (APS), an industry leader in power conversion and energy storage solutions,  introduced its latest series of three phase industrial battery chargers for transportation applications.
The APS programmable SmartCharger series support multiple battery chemistries with customer selectable charge profiles to handle Lead-Acid, NiCad, NiMH and Li-Ion battery types. 

These compact, high frequency chargers employ an innovative design resulting in higher efficiency, while providing superior performance to low frequency, phase controlled chargers. These smaller, lighter chargers consume less power and offer improved input power factor, leading to reduced power consumption and energy costs.

Smart Charger series incorporate built in diagnostics with fault protection features along with an OLED display for improved usability.   Charger operating status and fault annunciation is displayed along with output voltage and current, which is also available via remote communication interface.

Rugged, reliable, field proven design is built to withstand the harsh environments of motive power applications.  Standard models accept three phase AC input with options available to accept DC input power.  Added options include an internal data logger with nonvolatile storage of operating history, downloadable to customer.

Applied Power Systems, Inc. is an industry leading manufacturer of advanced power conversion products, power electronic controls and high power semiconductor thermal management solutions. APS Power products include IGBT Inverter Stacks, AC/DC, DC/DC, DC/AC Converters, AC Phase Controllers, Battery Chargers, High Power Rectifier Bridges,  Power Supplies for on-board Rail Applications, Motor Drives & Controls, high power semiconductor assemblies and specialized inverter systems.

More information is available at www.appliedps.com.

AeroVironment Debuts PosiCharge ProCore Series of Chargers
AeroVironment, Inc., a supplier of industrial fast and opportunity charge systems in North America,  introduced the PosiCharge ProCore series, a premium intelligent charging family that supports and charges any material handling battery. <read more>


Standalone Li-Ion UPS from Bedrock Automation Sets New Performance and Cyber Security Standard for Industrial Control System Backup
Bedrock Automation has introduced a cyber secure, standalone Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) for industrial control system applications. <read more>

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  Industry News

Intelligent Energy Launches a Customer Funded Project to Deliver Embedded Week-Long Mobile Phone Power

Intelligent Energy, a fuel cell technology company, has  signed a Joint Development Agreement with an emerging smartphone OEM with the goal to develop embedded fuel cell technology for the manufacturer’s devices. <read more>


Lithium Ion Batteries Are the Leading Form of Energy Storage for New Projects, According to Navigant Research
A new report from Navigant Research examines global energy storage projects, providing a database of 1,119 projects organized by 11 criteria, plus analysis of regional technology choices and market shares. <read more>


Event Listings

CriticalPowerCritical Power 2016
April 13-14
Schaumburg, Ill.

Critical Power 2016 has announced the preliminary program for its 2nd annual event, April 13-14 in Schaumburg, Illinois. The conference addresses needs of managers and technical professionals involved in operations where reliable and continuous power is a critical factor, including data centers, industrial and manufacturing facilities, military, laboratories, healthcare, financial institutes, telecom and disaster recovery.

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Battery Power 2016Battery Power 2016 Preliminary Program
August 3-4
Denver, Colo.

Battery Power 2016 is has released its preliminary program. The conference highlights the latest developments impacting mobile, stationary and EV battery systems including smart phones, tablets, medical devices, critical power systems, telecom and automotive applications.

  • GB 31421 – Meeting China’s New Battery Standard • SGS

  • Data-Driven Battery Product Development: Turn Battery Performance into a Competitive Advantage • Voltaiq, Inc.

  • eCigarettes and Battery Standards • Exponent

  • The Advanced Manufacturing Roadmap for Batteries • CalCharge

  • Smart 2.0 Battery Charging: The Future Is Near • University of Kansas

  • Future Trends in Automation in Battery Manufacturing for the Connected World • Omron Automation and Safety

  • Engineering Impacts on Battery Pack Manufacturing • iTECH

  • Enhancing Thermal Stability and Performance of Lithium-Ion Batteries Using Latent Heat Storage (LHS) Materials • Outlast Technologies, LLC

  • Using Core Independent Peripherals to Make Custom Chargers • Microchip Technology, Inc.

  • Adaptive Charging, a Further Development of Intermittent Float for Charge Maintenance of VRLA Batteries in Telecommunications Standby Systems • Servato Corp.

  • Quest for Battery Security, Authentication to the Rescue • Texas Instruments

  • Remote Monitoring and Control of DC Power Systems • EnCharge Power Systems, LLC

  • Dynamic Power Management Using a Battery Fuel Gauge Under CPU Turbo Mode Conditions • Texas Instruments

  • Compliance Considerations for Standby Power Systems • Enviroguard

  • Evolved Gas Analysis Techniques for Battery Development and Safety Testing • NETZSCH Instruments North America

Speaking slots are still available. Click here for additional information.





Critical Power NA 2016Critical Power North America - Call for Presentations
August 3-4
Denver, Colo.

Critical Power North America is currently accepting abstracts. 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. Attendees include engineering and operations managers, technical professionals responsible for power systems, facility managers and industrial engineers. Conference sessions should be technical and educational while providing examples for recent installations, cutting edge technology and application strategies from users driving growth in these markets. End-users presenting about any innovative project they may be involved in will be given priority on the show program.

LowPower 2016Low-Power 2016 - Call for Presentations

November 3-4
Las Vegas, Nev.

Low-Power 2016 is an international conference highlighting the latest developments in low-power functionality and systems in portable & mobile electronics, medical & wellness devices, wearables, sensing, instrumentation and energy management.


Conference topics will include designing for low power, wireless charging, energy harvesting, low-power sensing, enabling smart & mobile apps, ICs, embedded electronics, power for mobility and the Internet of Things, new market opportunities and certification & testing.

CP West 2016Critical Power West - Call for Presentations
November 3-4
Las Vegas, Nev.


The Critical Power West, November 3-4 in Las Vegas, is focused on the latest advancements in critical power technology and services for data centers, industrial and manufacturing facilities, military, laboratories, healthcare, financial institutes, telecom and disaster recovery. This event will explore the strategies and solutions coming on stream that can dramatically improve the power security for these operations.


4th Microgrid & Distributed Energy Development
March 15-17
Philadelphia, Penn.

This conference provides advanced technology and distributed generation specialists with strategies and solutions to implement microgrids from the top innovators in the electric utility industry and government institutions including national laboratories, military bases and regulatory bodies.


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