Batteries & Other Energy Storage Devices

December 2020
Bionic Idea Boosts Lithium-Ion Extraction

Metal ion sieving using a bioinspired nanochannel membrane

Lithium is an energy-critical element that is considered to be a geopolitically significant resource. However, the supply of lithium may not be enough to meet continuously increasing demand. As a result, scientists are looking for new ways to extract lithium ions. Ion selective membranes have already been used
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Date:
12/31/2020

Ultra compact 12 Watt DC/DC converters for industrial use
The design purpose of these series was to miniaturized low power DC/DC converters to the maximum without sacrificing high efficiency. They solidify the new standard for power density with 3,61 W/cm3 and effectively double the power density compared to 12 Watt converters in DIP-24 package. The TEL 12 and TEL 12WI off
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Date:
12/28/2020
Thick Film Chips Offer Low Thermal Resistance
Industrial and commercial power electronics demand robust resistor performance. When high stability and low thermal resistance are important, standard chip resistors may not be the best solution. Chip resistors with reverse geometry provide terminations on the long sides of the chip, as opposed to the short
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12/17/2020
80V Battery Charging Controller w/ Power Point Tracking
Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) introduced the LT8491 buck-boost battery charging controller that features Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT), temperature compensation and I2C interface for telemetry and control. The device operates from input voltages above, below or equal to the regulated battery float voltage. The
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12/14/2020
Ford Spotlights Electric Mustang at Battery Show
The Battery Show & EV Tech Digital Days was sadly online-only, but we did see some cool emerging products – like Ford’s electric Mustang SUV. The Mustang Mach-E headlined Ford’s Day 1 Keynote, “Electrifying Iconic Vehicles.” And Ford couldn’t have picked a better candidate for electrification than an i
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12/03/2020
Electric Vehicle Traction Systems Require Nimble, High Power Test Systems

Figure 1. Electric vehicle power systems cover voltage ranges from 900VDC to 12VDC at power levels that exceed 100s of KW

In a previously published article on this subject, we noted, “The market demand for reduction in the use of fossil fuels is driving the inexorable move toward EVs. The complexity of testing the whole spectrum of electronic devices and systems within this new breed of vehicles is placing higher demands on test eq
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Date:
12/01/2020