Batteries & Other Energy Storage Devices

April 2022
Bring Your Design to the Next Level of Efficiency with OptiMOS™ 6 100 V Power MOSFET Technology

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Figure 1. Infineon StrongIRFET™ and OptiMOS™ power MOSFET 20-300 V technologies

­Introducing a game changer for high switching frequency applications High efficiency, power density, and better thermal behavior are the key trends when it comes to power management. Infineon is constantly working on introducing highly innovative power MOSFET technologies able to meet the requirements for all app
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Date:
04/30/2022
New Heat Cell Could Enable Grid-Scale Thermal Batteries
  The vast majority of global electricity comes from sources of heat, such as coal, gas, nuclear energy and concentrated solar energy. Some accounts put that number as high as 90% of our total electricity production. Steam turbines have been the industrial standard for converting such heat sources into
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Date:
04/26/2022
New Technology Enables 1200 V SiC MOSFET in Various Packages
The new M1H chip has been designed to provide flexibility and is intended for use in applications, such as inverters in solar energy systems, which have to meet peak demand. The chip is also ideal for use in fast EV charging, energy storage systems and other industrial applications.   Advancements in the
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Date:
04/19/2022
Lithium's Narrow Paths Limit Batteries

A phase map of an agglomerated particle in a common lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery electrode shows the charge distribution as it goes from 4% to 86%. FP refers to iron phosphate. Rice University scientists found that the FP phase spreads nonuniformly on an aggregate surface upon charging, rather than the expected even spread of lithium over the surface. The scale bar is 10 microns.

­If you could shrink enough for a fantastic voyage across a lithium battery electrode, you’d see the level of charge at every scale is highly uneven.  This is not good for the battery’s health. Rice University researchers who recognize the problem worked with the Department of Energy to view in g
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Date:
04/18/2022
Molten Salt Battery Could Provide Long-Term Energy Storage
The biggest downside of renewable energy is that we can’t control when the sun will shine or winds will blow. That factor alone ensure that renewable energy cannot supply all of our energy needs at the moment. Of course, there are other types of renewable generation that are more predictable, tidal energy and hydr
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Date:
04/05/2022