April 5th, 2016

Battery Power 2016

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Feature Article



The Brave, New World for Shipping Lithium Ion Batteries by Air
Bob Richard, Vice President, Regulatory Compliance • Labelmaster

Has your company seen all the headlines about shipping lithium ion batteries by air? How are you supposed to keep up with what’s compliant and what is not? Here’s a concise overview on the lithium ion battery air transport regulations that will be effective this April 1, 2016, along with a preview of what might be expected later in 2016.<read more>





























Low-Power 2016

Now Accepting Speaking Abstracts

  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.

Orion Carbon Blacks Improve Lead Acid, Lithium Ion Battery Performance

OrionOrion Specialty Carbon Blacks improve the performance of lead acid batteries (LAB) and lithium ion batteries (LIB).  Orion’s Carbon Blacks for battery applications have very high purity levels, which extend battery life. They offer an excellent balance of electrical conductivity, dispersibility and adjustability of rheological properties in viscous pastes and slurries. Easy to process in battery pastes and globally available in large volumes, Orion carbon blacks are suitable for a broad range of energy storage devices. 


Orion’s XPB 593 BEADS for advanced lead acid batteries (aLAB) offer cost-effective solutions capable of improving dynamic charge acceptance (DCA) and cold crank performance in high rate partial state of charge applications, such as start/stop and regenerative braking in hybrid electric vehicles.    A key benefit of XPB 593 BEADS is that they enable DCA with a lower level of water loss during hydrogen evolution.  An XPB 593 BEAD also has a relatively high surface area and good structure for easy dispersion and good processability.

Orion XPB 565 BEADS are used in lithium ion batteries for consumer electronics applications. XPB 565 BEADS improve energy density while maintaining rheological properties. They fill electrode filament voids for consistent porosity and multiple conductive contacts, and provide good dispersibility and processability.

Orion Engineered Carbons continues to innovate and partner with key customers to develop new Specialty Carbon Blacks for motor vehicle batteries and beyond to aLAB used in stationary energy storage systems. For more information, contact Mark Dingeldein, Technical Marketing Manager for Orion, at mark.dingeldein@orioncarbons.com.

Critical Power 2016 Next Week
Critical Power 2016, April 13-14, 2016 in Schaumburg, Ill., is a conference and exhibition on the latest advancements in critical power technology and services for data centers, industrial and manufacturing facilities, military, laboratories, healthcare, financial institutes, utilities and telecom. The conference will serve the needs of managers and technical professionals involved in operations where reliable and continuous power is a critical factor.

Register Today!

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.


It will be co-located with Internet of Things North America and share the same exhibit hall.

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

Formulation Development & Small Volume Production

MEGTECBabcock & Wilcox MEGTEC (B&W MEGTEC) has developed easy-to-use laboratory coating lines designed for formulation development and short production runs. B&W MEGTEC’s larger lab coating line offers the capability of producing up to 250 mm wide coated substrates running at speeds up to 3 meters/minute. A reverse comma coating method is available for small volumes of slurry to develop new formulations.


In addition a slot die coating system that includes slurry delivery is available for prototype runs or small volume production.  For more research focused work, the smaller lab coating line offers up to 100 mm wide coated substrate using either slot die in tensioned web or slot die against a backing roll.  The tensioned web method provides capability for much lower loadings for power cells.  B&W MEGTEC offers the right tool for your needs.


High Sensitivity, Fast, Reliable Tracer Gas Leak Detection

PfeifferThe Pfeiffer Vacuum ASI 35 modular leak detector is ideally suited for integration into semi/fully automatic assembly and test systems, providing the flexibility to position the leak detection modules in the optimal position for speed, service and reliability. The unit detects both helium (5x10-12 mbar.l/s) and hydrogen and can be used in either vacuum or sniffer mode with the highest sensitivity. It offers flexibility in testing of demanding industrial samples with minimum signal background and crosstalk, providing for fast overall cycle times. The ASI 35 is supplied with a full color touch panel with SD card for easy setup and system diagnostics. With a comprehensive I/O and Profibus, Ethernet, USB, WiFi, interfaces the ASI 35 addresses all application requirements.


The modular design of the ASI 35 minimizes space requirements and maximizes integration options. Only two cables are needed to connect the vacuum and electronic modules. The electronics module is suitable for universal voltage, making the ASI 35 easy to integrate into systems designated for worldwide operation. The leak detector is designed for working conditions in ambient temperatures up to 45°C.


The ASI 35 features a low maintenance turbopump for high helium pumping speed, dual independent long-life filaments as well as its state-of-the-art electronics, ensuring trouble-free operation. The ASI 35 sustains very high throughput and ensures the accuracy and reproducibility of the measurement results as well as fast cycle times as short as 1 second. Sniffing mode performance makes the ASI 35 the perfect leak detector when multipoint leak checking is needed.


Exide Technologies Launches GNB Tubular LMX
Exide Technologies  has launched its GNB branded Tubular LMX battery line.  This latest addition to the company’s power product family of flooded motive power batteries for the lift truck market is engineered for the material handling industry to meet the growing need for high energy density batteries used in demanding operating conditions. <read more>


NXP Unveils Multi-Standard Charging Reference Platform and Adapters
NXP Semiconductor has released the industry’s first 15W multi-standard wireless charging solution simultaneously supporting both 15W WPC Qi and 5W PMA standards, further extending its wireless charging portfolio.<read more>

See More New Products Online
Batteries ChargingICs & Semiconductors ComponentsTesting

  Industry News

Researchers Developed Manufacturing Method for Microbatteries with Organic Electrode Materials
With people wanting to use smaller electronic devices, smaller energy storage systems are needed. Researchers of Aalto University in Finland have demonstrated the fabrication of electrochemically active organic lithium electrode thin films, which help make microbatteries more efficient than before. Researchers used a combined atomic/molecular layer deposition (ALD/MLD) technique, to prepare lithium terephthalate, a recently found anode material for a lithium-ion battery. <read more>


Corvus Energy Partners with LG Chem

Corvus Energy, a provider in advanced lithium ion energy storage systems (ESS) for maritime hybrid and fully electric propulsion systems has announced a multi-year agreement with LG Chem Ltd. <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.


Battery Power 2016Battery Power 2016
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. 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 National Conference on Microgrids

April 13-15
Kansas City, MO


MicrogridA Three-Day Conference on Capitalizing on Microgrids for Improved System Energy Efficiency, Reliability and Providing Enabling Technologies for Grid Independence

Microgrid in Milbank’s Robert F. Waldrop Center for Research and Development
Microgrid in the Rodman Innovation Pavilion at Black & Veatch World


Panel Discussions

Community and Regional Resiliency Planning: Assessing and Improving Microgrid-Readiness

Bridging the Gap Between Yesterday's Legacy Grid and Tomorrow's Smart Grid

Key topics  include:

  • Deploying Microgrids for achieving strategic energy objectives, such as developing storage capacity and increasing energy efficiency
  • Maximizing the use of renewable energy in Microgrids to ensure cost effectiveness and an achieving an acceptable business model for profitability and success.
  • Implementing Microgrids for control of local power
  • The role of advanced Microgrids in integration and interoperability
  • Expanding the market by reducing the complexity of Microgrid implementation

Battcon Stationary Battery Conference
May 10-12
Boca Raton, Fla.

BattonThe Battcon Stationary Battery Conference continues to fill the needs of stationary battery users by providing a forum where industry experts and users gather to discuss the latest in research and development. With a strong focus on education and networking, Battcon provides an intense learning experience. The conference features a trade show. Check out our current exhibitors.

Battcon conference runs May 10 to 12, 2016 at the Boca Raton Resort, Florida.

And at Battcon, you'll:

  • Experience industry-specific education and networking.
  • Get the latest news. Our call for papers is open. Presenting a paper is the best way to share your knowledge with your colleagues.
  • Sign up for an optional battery seminars to strengthen existing
  • Listen to presentations by the leading authorities in the field.
  • Network with others in the battery community.
  • Ask questions, exchange ideas and solutions, and get answers

Three Monday seminars complement the conference, each conducted by industry leaders. Attendees can choose from Battery Basics, Beyond the Fundamentals or a special “Focus On” session with a topic that changes each year based on industry concerns.  Implementing a NERC compliant battery maintenance program will be the focus this year.

EDS Leadership Summit
May 10-13
Las Vegas, Nev.

EDSThe EDS Leadership Summit is widely acknowledged as the premier event for the electronic components industry—attracting approximately 80% of the companies who distribute electronic components. This year, the EDS Summit takes place in Las Vegas from Tuesday, May 10 through Friday, May 13. And for the second year, it will be held at the Mirage Hotel.

Far more than just a conference or a trade show, the EDS Summit functions as an invaluable ‘idea exchange’ and provides unrivaled opportunities to conduct business and to build collaborative strategic relationships. The 2016 EDS Leadership Summit will also see the return of a highly successful new program aimed squarely at a younger professional audience. Called “Spark: The Professional Development Group,” this intensive three-day program offers training seminars as well as networking events with peers and industry leaders.

Visit edsconnects.com for more information.

ACI’s 3rd National Capitalizing on Grid-Scale Energy Storage: Energy Storage as a Practical Reality – Working Toward Maturity and Building Value in a Developing Market
June 8-10
San Francisco, Calif.

GridAdvanced Energy Storage Systems Market worth 15.96 Billion USD by 2020

A three-day industry event focusing on the significant market opportunities for utility-scale energy storage in the near term, including government policy and regulatory initiatives, new requirements for transmission and distribution of power in electric markets, increased utilization of distributed energy systems and the integration of storage into smart grid platforms.

Key topics:

  • Integrating energy storage with solar and wind and connecting to the grid

  • The necessity for big data analytics to effectively shave peak and smooth renewable generation

  • The need for standards, modeling, software integration and cybersecurity awareness

Energy Storage Installations: Learnings from Both Sides of the Meter and Both Sides of the Pacific Ocean

SensorsSensors Expo & Conference
June 21-13
San Jose, Calif.


Sensors Expo & Conference is the only event in North America exclusively focused on sensors and sensor-integrated systems. For 30+ years, Sensors has brought technical innovation and thought leadership to engineers involved in the development and deployment of sensors and sensing systems. The 3-day program explores cutting-edge trends and applications including Energy Harvesting, Flexible & Wearable, IoT, Measurement & Detection, MEMS & Sensors, Novel Sensor Applications, Optics, Sensors & Embedded Systems Design, and Wireless in an information-packed Conference Program and reflects those trends throughout the Exhibit Floor.


Special offer for subscribers to attend Sensors 2016: Register at www.sensorsexpo.com and use code WEBCOM50 for $50 off a Gold or Main Conference Pass or a FREE Expo Hall Pass in advance.


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