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Battery monitor can predict failures for utilities

The Universal Xplorer Industrial Monitor (UXIM)

Albercorp, manufacturer of battery testing and monitoring equipment, has introduced a battery monitor for utility bulk power systems that predicts when a battery will fail so an operator can change the battery before a problem occurs.

Hammond expands into micro-hybrid technology, and Malaysia

Hammond Group, Inc. has announced a new family of next generation battery additives and expanders formulated specifically for advanced lead-acid batteries.

UK’s largest grid-connected battery switched on in Orkney

Kirkwall Power Station

The UK’s first large-scale lithium-ion battery has been connected to the electrical grid on the island of Orkney – in the Scottish Isles – as part of a trial by Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution (SHEPD).

Johnson Controls appoints new CEO and announces supply deal with Chevy

Alex Molinaroli

Johnson Controls has announced Alex Molinaroli is to be the company’s President and CEO from October 1st.

Lithium-ion electrode study wins Solid State Electrochemistry Workshop Award

Solid State Electrochemistry 2013 Award

CD-adapco, a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) focused provider of computer aided engineering (CAE) software, has won the Solid State Electrochemistry Workshop 2013 award for its study of a porous electrode within a lithium-ion battery.

Sacred Sun Power opens state-of-the-art lead-acid plant

Shandong Sacred Sun Power Sources Co. Ltd has opened a state-of-the-art facility that, when running at full capacity, will be one of the largest lead-acid battery factories in the world.

Reclassification of portable batteries gives threshold to UK recyclers

The EU is to re-classify portable batteries with a single weight threshold of 3Kg to overcome discrepancies in portable and industrial battery classifications for recycling.

Coming unstuck – change of glue to lengthen lithium life?

Research scientists at Stanford Linear Accelerator Centre (SLAC) have found using a different binding agent in the cathode resulted in five times longer lithium-ion battery life.

LG supply telecom UPS batteries to Softbank

LG Chem is supplying 20MWh of lithium-ion batteries to Japanese telecom provider, Softbank, for use in UPS systems at transmission base stations.

EcoVolt Power ships first order of longer life SLI batteries

EcoVolt's EcoSmart SLI

EcoVolt Power, lead-acid battery manufacturer, has made the first commercial delivery of its EcoSmart SLI batteries to Energy Battery Group, a distributer in Atlanta, Georgia.