April 19th, 2016

Battery Power 2016

Guest Blog



Battery Backup Thermal Runaway Fears? Render it Harmless Through Continuous Monitoring

Tom Shannon, Director of Business Development • BatteryDAQ, Inc.

Thermal runaway is the disaster no one saw coming until it is too late.  It sounds like a horror movie, and it could well be, if batteries are not properly maintained. Every article on the subject will point out something like “If the design of the battery, coupled with the installation location, allows for proper dissipation of increased battery temperatures, thermal runaway is unlikely”. <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.

KEMA Testing Validates Use of Spring Contact Element Performance in High-Current Applications

BalSealBal Seal Engineering, Inc., a producer of custom-engineered conducting solutions for equipment used in high-current applications, has subjected its Bal Spring canted coil springs to third-party testing to demonstrate how well the springs withstand KEMA’s rigorous short circuit current exposure and cycling. The results will enable the company to provide customers with verified performance data, including continuous, short-circuit and peak current ratings and electrical resistance per spring coil.


Short circuit current testing of springs made from two highly conductive copper alloy materials was conducted at 1 second and 3 seconds at power levels up to 65,000 amps to determine the average maximum current each material could withstand. An additional test was also conducted to demonstrate the number of cycles a single spring could withstand when a short circuit current of 3 seconds is applied repeatedly.


Jim Harty, Bal Seal Engineering’s global market manager for energy, says the third-party testing validates the company’s internal testing and highlights the spring’s ability to endure the harsh conditions found in high-current power transmission and distribution applications.


“Our springs are already at work in some of the world’s most demanding high-current applications,” said Harty. “But the test results give us an unbiased, accurate means to represent their performance. More importantly, they provide our customers with an added level of confidence that the springs we engineer with these alloys will meet their toughest requirements.”


Tests were conducted at KEMA’s Powertest Laboratory using a fabricated device designed to replicate standard groove and spring design configurations commonly used in high-current applications such as gas-insulated switchgear. Each device included a housing, a piston, a spring, and an insulator ring.


The test springs were installed in a housing-mounted configuration using grease to simulate actual customer usage. Both the piston and housing were made of copper (UNS C11000) and plated with 10–15 μm of silver with a PEEK insulator ring to prevent an undesired short between the pin and the housing.


The tested springs were made of highly conductive copper alloys and silver plated. According to Harty, increasing plating thickness is recommended if a high amount of short circuit current cycles are required.


“Knowing how the springs performed in the tests,” says Harty, “allows engineers to better predict real-world performance and the life of their electrical contact elements.”

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  New Products

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.  

Exide Technologies Introduces GNB Tubular CMX
Exide Technologies has introduced its GNB branded Tubular CMX (Conventional Maintenance) battery line for motive power applications.  The conventional maintenance tubular product completes the trio of <read more>

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  Industry News

New GTS Battery Test System Automatically Replaces the Bad Ones on Site
Global Technology Systems, Inc. (GTS) has released its “Test & Replace” technology now enables its customers to quickly and accurately identify bad battery packs in the work area, and automatically receive a replacement, without  <read more>


Humavox Brings Smart Wireless Charging Technology to Hearing Aids, Wireless Earbuds and Hearables
Humavox is advancing the next generation of hearing aids and hearables with the introduction of wireless charging. The company will wirelessly power rechargeable batteries through <read more>


EnerSys Acquires Florida Based Advanced Lithium Battery Manufacturing Business
EnerSys has completed the acquisition of certain assets of The Enser Corp. headquartered in Pinellas Park, Florida. ENSER is a manufacturer of molten<read more>


Event Listings



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.



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