July 2016

Battery Power 2016

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Contributed Blog



Problems with New Battery Technologies

Neil Oliver, Technical Marketing Manager, Accutronics

The humble battery is one of the unsung heroes of electronics. While it is capable of powering both commercial and critical devices, it is often overlooked and undervalued during the product design stages, often leading to a wide range of performance problems later in the product lifecycle. <read more>


Feature Article

Protecting Lithium Batteries and Battery Packs from Runaway Thermal Events

BS&B Safety Systems

The market for lithium batteries and battery packs is booming.  With extensive applications in automotive, IT, aerospace, consumer electronics and a myriad of industrial sectors, the usage of rechargeable lithium batteries is growing throughout the world.  The market for lithium-ion batteries alone is expected to exceed $30 billion in the next few years.<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.

Battery Power 2016Turning Batteries into a Competitive Advantage

Join us in Denver August 3-4 for the leading international conference highlighting the latest developments impacting mobile, stationary and EV battery systems including smart phones, tablets, medical devices, critical power systems, telecom and automotive applications.


Online Registration Closes Next Week • Team Discounts Available

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  New Products

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.


Meet Stringent Voltages Required for Charging and Maintaining Lithium Ion Batteries
PfeifferLithium ion battery converter/chargers meet the stringent voltages required for properly charging and maintaining lithium batteries.  Lithium ion batteries require special balancing circuits and chargers to prevent overcharging or discharging a cell beyond its specifications.  These converter/chargers are designed for lithium ion batteries that typically store 3 to 4 times the energy of a lead/acid battery within the same space, with less weight.      


Standard features of the lithium ion battery converter/chargers include reverse battery protection, electronic current limiting, low line and high voltage protection and a variable speed intelligent cooling fan.  Units also deliver filtered DC power to the lithium ion battery to ensure the built-in electronic balancing circuits operate properly.  Output voltage can be factory adjusted to meet OEM requirements for various lithium ion battery chemistries and voltages.


There are many advantages of using lithium ion batteries including nearly constant output voltage during discharge, no maintenance required and operation over a wide range of temperatures, from -45°F to 158°F.  Lithium ion batteries can charge and discharge thousands of times, compared to 300 to 400 cycles for lead/acid batteries, and can retain 80 percent of charge for twelve months, while lead/acid batteries discharge to 80 percent after thirty days.  Lithium ion batteries provide excellent performance in RV, marine, trucking, solar power storage, UPS power back-up systems and many other applications.  

Progressive Dynamics, Inc.


Exide Technologies Introduces GNB Wrapped Plate PWQ Battery for Premium UPS Market
Exide Technologies has introduced its GNB Wrapped Positive Plate PWQ battery. The PWQ joins the existing PDQ battery in the company's Flooded Classic line of large Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) batteries.<read more>

Phihong Announces A New Family of Highly Efficient Moveable EV DC Chargers

Phihong  has announced a family of moveable EV DC off-board chargers that provide quick and highly efficient charging solutions for personal and commercial electric vehicles with 200 to 700 volt battery systems.<read more>


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  Industry News

R&D for Next-Generation Solid Electrolytes Batteries: Partnership Between Fraunhofer and Hydro-Québec
The Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC and Hydro-Québec are teaming up to conduct research and development into next-generation lithium-ion and lithium-air battery materials to be used in transportation electrification. <read more>


ABB Wins First Commercial Order for Breakthrough 15-Second Flash Charging Technology to Enable Emission-Free Public Transport in Geneva

ABB has been awarded orders totaling more than $16 million by Transports Publics Genevois (TPG), Geneva’s public transport operator, and Swiss bus manufacturer HESS, to provide flash charging and on-board electric vehicle technology for 12 TOSA (Trolleybus Optimisation Système Alimentation) fully electric buses (e-buses) which will run on Line 23, connecting Geneva’s airport with suburban Geneva.<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.

Grid15th Outage Management for Power Plants
July 26-28
New Orleans, La.


Run your outages cost-effectively. This annual meeting provides power generation professionals with proven case studies on how to run outages efficiently without sacrificing operational excellence. This conference addresses solutions for aging facilities to integrate new technologies to optimize costs and gain the most value from the plans.  




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