January 2017

Low-Power 2016

Feature Articles



Five Questions Power Supply Professionals Should Ask Themselves about UPS Battery Maintenance and Replacement

Scott Baer, Marketing Manager-Batteries, Vertiv Services

In a recent battery maintenance quiz sponsored by Vertiv, formerly Emerson Network Power, 71 percent of respondents accurately answered that during a power interruption, it only takes one bad cell to cause your data center’s uninterruptible power supply (UPS) to drop a critical load. Batteries are indeed the weakest link in the power chain and are historically a leading cause of costly downtime. Timely battery maintenance and replacement are essential to ensuring critical system availability. <read more>


IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations Updated to Reflect 2017-2018 ICAO Technical Instructions

Neil McCulloch, Senior Manager, International Product Development, Labelmaster

Businesses need and want predictability, particularly when it comes to government regulations.  So the fact that the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) updates its Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods every two years is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because industry knows the changes that are coming and a curse because there are changes coming. <read more>



























  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

Responsive Multi-Range Battery Test Equipment
BT1000New battery materials development always involves iterative test and validation. However, test requirements may vary according to different test sample and research phase. To find the optimal balance between precision and budget, Chen Tech Electric, the leading battery test equipment provider from Taiwan, introduces the Responsive Multi-range Battery Test Equipment BT 1000 Series.

The following features are supported by BT 1000 Series:

  1. High accuracy: the output and measurement accuracy plays an important role in determining battery performances. With 0.02% F.S. accuracy for each current range, the data obtained from BT 1000 Series allows researchers to precisely estimate battery cycle life and aging behavior.
  2. Rapid data recording: with minimum 1ms data recording frequency, every detail change on battery parameters during charging and discharging cycles can be captured and then analyzed. It helps researchers understand the characteristics of tested battery materials during different working conditions well.
  3. 4 customizable current ranges: since equipment output accuracy is critical, to reach its best performance, the 4 current ranges of BT 1000 Series are customizable. Clients assign current ranges based on their research requirements, so the accuracy remains the same within all research phases.

Chen Tech Electric is the worldwide battery test expert, which aims to satisfy various advanced and customized battery test requirements from worldwide clients with affordable cost. For more information about Chen Tech Electric, please visit the following website: www.chentech.com.tw/eindex.


Semtech Demonstrates Ultra-High Power 40W Wireless Charging Technology
Semtech Corp. has announced its advanced, ultra-high power LinkCharge 40 series of wireless charging transmitters and receivers that support applications requiring up to 40 watts of power. <read more>


Bourns New Miniature Resettable Thermal Cutoff Device Offers Highest Current Capacity
Bourns, Inc. has introduced a breakthrough miniature resettable thermal cutoff (TCO) device series delivering the highest current capacity for comparable devices, matching the protection needs of today’s denser, higher capacity Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery cells.<read more>


US Battery Manufacturing Launches Endurance Plus Line Of Deep-Cycle Batteries
US Battery Manufacturing has launched a line of deep-cycle batteries called Endurance Plus. The Endurance Plus line is made up of 6-volt, 8-volt and 12-volt batteries that feature improved overall performance and higher ratings in an all-new bright red color case and top. <read more>


Phihong Releases 24V 8A Lead Acid Battery Charger for Mobile Medical Applications
Phihong has released a 24 V, 8 A lead acid battery charger designed for power wheelchairs and mobility scooters with AGM or GEL batteries.<read more>


Panasonic Introduces High Temperature, Long Life Nickel-Metal-Hydride Battery
Panasonic developed a new high temperature, long life type Nickel-Metal-Hydride battery. With a discharge range of -40°C to 85°C, the new BK1100FHU is suitable for applications requiring high capacity in a wide range of temperatures.<read more>

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  Industry News

Energy Storage Provider SimpliPhi Power Sees 100 Percent Revenue Growth and Nearly Doubles its Deployments to 9MW in 2016

In one year, SimpliPhi Power has nearly doubled its energy storage deployments from 5 MW in mid-2015 to 9MW at the end of 2016, and increased its revenue by more than 100 percent, making it the company's most successful year to date.<read more>


Event Listings

Battery Power 2017Battery Power 2017 is currently accepting abstracts for its annual event, May 17-18 in Dallas, Texas. The international event is focused on latest developments and technologies in the battery industry, including  mobile/portable, wearable battery technology, as well as battery manufacturing, materials and research & development. 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 top executives, technical managers and engineering professionals from original equipment manufacturers, end users and integrators, battery manufacturers and component providers.

Conference sessions should be technical and educational while providing examples of cutting edge technology and application strategies. End-users presenting about any innovative project they may be involved in will be given priority on the show program.





MicrogridMicrogrids West 2017
January 18-20
Sonoma, CA

A Three-Day Conference on Capitalizing on Microgrids for Improved System Energy Efficiency, Reliability and Providing Enabling Technologies for Grid Independence featuring a tour of Stone Edge Farm Microgrid Project.
Use Promocode: GRID for $700/off registration. Contact: Angela Hamilton 414-2221-1700




March 27-31
Las Vegas, Nev.

It’s our 40th anniversary! International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) is the premier event for communications technology professionals, bringing together everything you need in one place. IWCE features over 350 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and trends in the industry and a five-day conference program with over 100 sessions. In addition, over 7,000 individuals attend from a diverse group of industry professionals including government/military, public safety, utilities, transportation and business enterprise. This year’s show will be held March 27-31, 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. Register today! Use promo code SVE4 for 20% off conference packages or free exhibit hall admission.  Learn more at iwceexpo.com.


IWCEBattcon International Stationary Battery Conference
May 7-10, 2017
Orlando, Florida

Battcon is a high-energy mix of industry specific presentations, panels, seminars and workshops, plus a trade show. More than 600 storage battery users meet at Battcon for three days of professional development and networking focused on the design, selection, application and maintenance of stationary battery systems. It’s a forum where those in the data center, nuclear, telecom and utility industries can learn from and network with industry experts. Battcon 2017 will take place at the Renaissance Orlando SeaWorld® May 7–10, 2017. Register now at Battcon.com.






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