Batteries & Other Energy Storage Devices

December 2019
Powercast Wireless Power Tech Chosen for Electronic Bag Tag

ViewTag uses Powercast's wireless power technology to preserve battery life in its ViewTag Electronic Bag Tag (EBT) so it can be reused over 3000 times.

Powercast Corporation announced that ViewTag has selected its Powerharvester Chipset for battery management so that the ViewTag Electronic Bag Tag (EBT) can be reused over 3000 times. The digital ViewTag snaps onto luggage and allows customers to tag their own bags, reducing their airport check-in experience t
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12/16/2019
AVX Sponsors GEOX DRAGON All-Electric Formula-E Team
AVX Corporation has announced its continued support of the GEOX DRAGON Formula-E racing team for the new 2019–2020 ABB FIA Formula-E Championship racing season, which kicked off in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, on Friday, November 22. For the second-straight year, AVX is partnering with Mouser Electronics, TTI, Inc., an
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12/11/2019
Dual N-Channel 60 V MOSFET Increases Power Density
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new common-drain dual n-channel 60 V MOSFET in the compact, thermally enhanced PowerPAK 1212-8SCD package. Designed to increase power density and efficiency in battery management systems, plug-in and wireless chargers, DC/DC converters, and power supplies, the Vishay Sil
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12/11/2019
Detours may Make Batteries Better

An illustration shows a battery's cathode undergoing phase transition from iron phosphate (FP) to lithium iron phosphate (LFP) during charging. Simulations by Rice University scientists showed that adding defects -- distortions in their crystal lattices -- could help batteries charge faster.

Here's a case where detours speed up traffic. The result may be better batteries for transportation, electronics and solar energy storage. Scientists at Rice University's Brown School of Engineering have discovered that placing specific defects in the crystalline lattice of lithium iron phosphate-based cathodes br
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12/09/2019
Mouser Electronics' and Bourns' eBook on EV Infrastructure
Mouser Electronics, Inc., announces a new eBook in collaboration with Bourns, exploring new components, technologies, and strategies for the design and development of electric vehicles. In Electrification of the Vehicle, subject matter experts from Mouser and Bourns provide detailed explanations of concepts and products including shunt resistors, inductor designs for on-board chargers, and the
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12/06/2019
Top Battery Technology Expert Joins Tydrolyte Advisory Board

Robert Galyen, one of the industry’s top battery technology experts, has joined Tydrolyte’s Advisory Board.

Tydrolyte LLC announced that Robert Galyen, one of the industry’s top battery technology experts, has joined Tydrolyte’s Advisory Board. Galyen joins other notable professionals and battery experts on the advisory board, including the Honorable Stephen L. Johnson, former administrator for the Environmental Pr
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12/05/2019
Recharging the Batteries
It has been a mixed year so far, with plenty of innovation on display, but a flat economy put a bit of a spoiler on the industry. The forecast for next year is pretty mixed too, with some people predicting a global recession. As the old saying goes, economists have predicted eight of the last three recessions, so
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12/04/2019
The Ubiquity of the Auto
You don’t have to go very far in this industry without coming across an automotive application. The humble auto is the nexus of several emerging technologies including the Internet of Things (IoT), alternative energy, and advanced battery storage. This month, we shine the spotlight on “Automotive Electroni
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12/04/2019
DC-DC Converter Modules for Railway, Industrial Applications
Murata announced the first eighth brick in a line of encapsulated DC-DC converters developed by Murata Power Solutions. The 120-Watt IRE-Q12 series was designed specifically for industrial, railway, and transportation applications with system bus and battery voltages between 9VDC and 36VDC. The solution pr
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12/04/2019
Battery Stack Monitor Maximizes Batteries in Hybrid and EVs

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Figure 1. A 96 cell battery pack architecture with the 12-channel LTC6811 measurement IC.

To maximize performance with li-ion batteries, a battery monitoring system (BMS) is mandatory. BMS not only
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12/03/2019
Improving EV Power w/ High Step-Down Ratio DC/DC Converters

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Figure 1: Relationship between Duty Cycle and Output Voltage

To achieve the regulatory limits set by a number of countries worldwide, automakers are increasingly working on developing electric vehicles. Currently, 5 types of electric vehicle technologies are being employed: Pure EV, powered solely by electricity, Fuel Cell EV that runs on fuel cells, Strong Hybrid,
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12/03/2019
Implementing Fast DC BEV Chargers Up to 150 kW

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Figure 1: Typical topology for charging sub-unit in 15 – 40 kW range

One cannot fail to notice that our city streets and car parks are going through a slow transformation: they are beckoning the age of the electric vehicle. As the battery electric vehicle (BEV) grows in popularity, the infrastructure to keep them charged is appearing to meet demand. While the majority of BEVs ar
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12/03/2019