Batteries & Other Energy Storage Devices

November 2022
Engineers Solve a Mystery on the Path to Smaller, Lighter Batteries

MIT Professor Yet-Ming Chiang

­A discovery by MIT researchers could finally unlock the door to the design of a new kind of rechargeable lithium battery that is more lightweight, compact, and safe than current versions, and that has been pursued by labs around the world for years. The key to this potential leap in battery technology is replac
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11/18/2022
Swappable Industrial Battery for Mobile Workstation and Motive Product Manufacturers

The Swappable Industrial Battery can deliver 1000 Watts to power mobile and motive equipment.

­Green Cubes Technology (Green Cubes) announced its Swappable Mobile Power (SMP) portfolio. The SMP portfolio enables manufacturers to electrify their mobile and motive products utilizing swappable batteries with the leading Lithium-ion battery chemistry. At the center of the portfolio, the Swappable Industrial Ba
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11/17/2022
Audio Amplifiers Feature Second Generation of MERUS Multilevel Switching Amplifier Technology

Audio Amplifiers Feature Second Generation of MERUS Multilevel Switching Amplifier Technology

­When designing portable and battery-powered audio devices for consumer speaker applications, maximizing battery playback time and, at the same time, maintaining excellent audio performance in a compact form and at a low system cost is essential. MERUS™ multilevel switching technology from Infineon Te
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11/17/2022
Innoscience Launches 80mΩ RDS(on) 650V GaN HEMTs

Yi Sun, Sr VP of product development at Innoscience

Innoscience Technology announced a new low RDS(on) 650V E-mode GaN HEMT devices. INN650D080BS power transistors have an on-resistance of 80mΩ (60mΩ typical) in a standard 8x8 DFN package, enabling higher power applications, for example in totem pole LLC architectures or fast battery-chargers. Explains Yi Sun, S
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11/15/2022
PFC and Hybrid Flyback Combo IC Drives Performance in GaN-based USB-C Adapters and Chargers with EPR

PFC and Hybrid Flyback Combo IC Drives Performance in GaN-based USB-C Adapters and Chargers with EPR

­USB power delivery (USB-PD) has emerged as the prevailing standard for fast charging and for supplying power to all kinds of mobile and battery-powered devices using the unified type-C connector. In its latest release, USB-PD rev 3.1, the Extended Power Range (EPR) specification supports a wide output voltage ra
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11/15/2022
Nexperia Invests in Sustainable Alternatives to Batteries

Dan Jensen, General Manager Business Group Analog & Logic ICs at Nexperia

­Nexperia announced a broadening to its portfolio of power management products to include energy harvesting solutions. Energy can be harvested from light, vibrations, radio waves or temperature gradients and can therefore be used to replace batteries in low-power applications like smart wearables and autonomous wi
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11/11/2022
Melexis Announces Solution for EV Battery Current Sensing

Melexis Announces Solution for EV Battery Current Sensing

­Melexis reinforces its reputation in the automotive current sensing market by announcing the MLX91230 and the MLX91231. They offer access to shunt or Hall type current sensor technologies. These ASIL compliant devices can measure voltage, current and temperature. Customers will be provided with flexibility an
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11/10/2022
Advancements in Energy Storage System Capabilities

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Figure 1: Residential application

­Energy storage systems are used in a variety of renewable energy sources to store power and stabilize electrical performance. With the growth of interconnected systems as well as an increased focus on clean energy at both commercial and residential levels, these systems require increasingly rugged and capable
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11/09/2022
Canada Kicks Chinese Companies Out of Lithium Mining

Canada Kicks Chinese Companies Out of Lithium Mining

­After placing restrictions on foreign participation in supplying "critical minerals" used in batteries and high-tech devices, the government of Canada has ordered three Chinese companies to divest their lithium mining holdings in that nation. The order issued on Wednesday comes as tensio
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11/08/2022
Bring Your Next Battery Charger Project to Life with Minimum Design Risks

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Figure 1. Infineon offering cover key components in chargers (colored in green)

­Every day more and more of the devices and equipment used in our daily life are powered by batteries. For example, we can find electronic equipment with batteries around the house, such as cordless power tools, drones, and other domestic robots (e.g., robotic vacuum cleaners, lawnmowers, etc.). At the same time, due to rising fuel prices, government incentives, and rising awareness about air pollution, common modes of transportation such as bicycles, scooters, and mopeds have now also turned into electrical vehicles. All of these applications are
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11/01/2022
High-Density Power Modules Boost Performance for a New Generation of Mobile Robots

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Figure 1: Dusty eliminates the conventional, labor-intensive process of physically transferring building plans onto the floor with a robot programmed at the job site to automate the same task.

­Innovations in power conversion technology are enabling a transformation in robotics design. Today’s integrated power modules address the demanding size, weight, power budgets and cost efficiencies required to move robots from factory, residential and commercial applications into a vast new landscape bounded onl
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Date:
11/01/2022