Batteries & Other Energy Storage Devices

July 2020
Buck/Boost Controllers Bring Bidirectional Regulation
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking the LT8228 and LTC7871 bidirectional buck/boost controllers from Analog Devices, Inc. Offering bidirectional voltage or current regulation and bidirectional reverse current protection, the LT8228 and LTC7871 controllers provide a simple, reliable power solution for dual-battery aut
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07/27/2020

RigidCSP Technology Serves Battery Management Applications
Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited (AOS) announced the release of RigidCSP for battery management. Alpha and Omega Semiconductor has developed a RigidCSP technology where you can decrease the on-resistance while increasing the mechanical strength to reduce breakage during assembly and stress during the lifetime of
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07/24/2020
Using Bidirectional Programmable DC Power Supplies for Battery Testing

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Figure 1. The placement polarity checker and the safety contactor

In today’s fast-paced world the need to create quicker, more mobile mechanical devices is steadily increasing. One primary method for doing this is to replace traditional gas powered or plugged-in devices with battery power. Batteries have become smaller and increasingly efficient as a result. In order to ke
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07/24/2020
PSDcast – The H-1B Visa Restriction (Good for the Industry?)

Chris Dries, the President and CEO of UnitedSiC

You’ve probably heard that President Trump and the Department of Homeland Security took actions with mammoth ramifications for our industry. To whit, Trump restricted H-1B visas for engineers, computer programmers and other technical workers through 2020. Is this a boon for domestic employment or a shackle fo
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07/23/2020
New EU Project to Boost Battery Development

Systematic automation as well as the use of AI in the planning and evaluation of test series will accelerate the development of new batteries.

The BIG-MAP project, which is funded by the European Union (EU), aims to significantly shorten the time it takes to develop new types of batteries - with a special focus on sustainability. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Ulm University are participating in the project via the CELEST research pl
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07/21/2020
Thin Film Chip Resistors Available in 0201 Size
Power supplies and power controls have a wide range of sensing requirements. For applications that require high sensing precision, the element TCR is more important than low resistance values. Stackpole’s CSRT thin film current sense chip resistors provide resistance values from 10 milliohm to 10 ohm with T
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07/21/2020
Fast-Blow Fuses Designed for Handling Excessive Current
Bel Fuse-Circuit Protection announces their 0ABA Series of small 0402 surface mount fast-acting chip fuses. These fast blow fuses are designed for handling excessive current and set the industry standard for performance, reliability and quality. Bel’s 0ABA Series feature a 32V DC voltage rating of 200mA
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07/21/2020
Metal Catalysts to Optimize Zinc-Air Batteries
In a report published in NANO, a team of researchers from Sichuan University of Science and Engineering, China have developed N-doped carbon encapsulated transition metal catalysts for oxygen reduction reactions (ORR) and oxygen evolution reactions (OER) to optimize performance of zinc-air batteries. Three-dimensional porous gr
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07/19/2020
PSDcast – A Major Research Collaboration for Lead Batteries

Alistair Davidson, Director, Consortium for Battery Innovation

With our big automotive electric and hybrid issue right around the corner, we thought it’d informative to revisit one of the most critical topics in that space – energy storage. And we can think of no better source for that topic than the Consortium for Battery Innovation ...
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07/09/2020
CleanSpark, Inc., ReJoule Awarded $2.9 Million Battery Grant
CleanSpark, Inc. and ReJoule announced that they have been awarded a grant from the California Energy Commission. The grant is approximately $2.9 million and is slated to be deployed over the next 30 months. The funds will be distributed to the multi-group partnership of clean energy and technology companies
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07/09/2020
IC Eases Design of 48 V/12 V Dual Battery Automotive Systems

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Figure 1. Next-generation cars will be powered by a 12 V and a 48 V battery

The future of 48V/12V battery systems in automobiles is just around the corner. Most of the major automobile manufacturers across the globe have been working on proving out their systems for the past few years and it is evident that their implementation will be relatively near term. This is a necessary and crucial ste
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07/09/2020
Research into Next-Generation Automotive Battery Technology

The bipolar lead battery developed by Advanced Battery Concepts will undergo automotive testing regimes

One of the latest technology developments in lead batteries will undergo well-known automotive testing standards in a research project collaboration between Advanced Battery Concepts (ABC) and the Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI).  Bipolar lead battery technology, which has been
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07/01/2020
High-Voltage Switcher ICs Now Certified for Automotive Use
Power Integrations announced an AEC-Q100-qualified version of its LinkSwitch-TN2 switcher IC for buck or non-isolated flyback applications. Featuring an integrated 750 V MOSFET, the new automotive-qualified LinkSwitch-TN2 IC provides simple and reliable power for EV sub-systems connected to the high-voltage bu
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07/01/2020