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ICAO implements no-fly lithium-ion ban on passenger planes

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 15:12 -- paul Crompton
ICAO implements no-fly lithium-ion ban on passenger planes

Shipment of lithium-ion batteries on passenger planes has been banned by the 36-State International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Governing Council.

The ban starts on April 1, 2016 after recommendations by the ICAO’s air navigation commission (ANC) were adopted by the council last week.

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New anode binder for lithium-ion set to be revealed

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 15:11 -- paul Crompton
New anode binder for lithium-ion set to be revealed

US chemical company Ashland has developed a water-based binder for high-capacity silicon-based anodes in lithium-ion batteries.

The Soteras™ MSi anode binder can be used with silicon to increase the capacity of lithium-ion batteries by as much as 30%, claims the Kentucky-based firm.

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State of charge rules could ban Lithium-ion batteries from air cargo

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 14:54 -- paul Crompton
State of charge rules could ban Lithium-ion batteries from air cargo

Manufacturers of lithium-ion batteries may have to guarantee their cells and packs are charged to no more 30% SOC (state of charge) when shipped by air, following a technical recommendation from IATA, the international Air Transport association, which regulates, on among other things, the movement of dangerous goods by air.

The potentially explosive change in regulations was revealed at the Baltimore lithium battery conference last week.

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India plans lithium subsidies to compete with lead-acid batteries

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 16:45 -- paul Crompton
India plans lithium subsidies to compete with lead-acid batteries

The Indian government is planning a subsidy of Rs 32,000 (US$514) on all lithium battery kits to promote electric bike use and cut down vehicular pollution, reports The Indian Express.

The move will allow lithium-ion electric bike OEMs to compete with traditional lead-acid battery powered bikes, which are around US$400 cheaper. 

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US ESS guidelines could pave way for global standard

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 16:00 -- paul Crompton
US ESS guidelines could pave way for global standard

A revised set of guidelines outlining how to gauge the way large batteries and grid-scale Energy Storage Systems (ESS) are evaluated has been released.

The latest protocol is set to ‘level the playing field’ in the way companies determine how different ESSs handle similar situations.

The protocol was developed by a working group of more than 100 stakeholders working under the leadership of the U.S. Department of Energy and two of its laboratories: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Sandia Laboratories.

 

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Flux Power secures Li-ion battery pack supply deal

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 13:02 -- paul Crompton
Flux's 24-volt LiFT Pack

Lithium battery developer Flux Power Holdings, Inc. has secured an order for its Flux's 24-volt LiFT Pack batteries to power the electric pallet jacks of a US based consumer packaged goods company.

The Californian company’s industrial ESS Li-ion LiFT Pack S5, was designed for use on Class III pallet jacks or "walkies," which are small forklifts operated by a user walking alongside.

The announcement follows technical approval of the Flux packs by the forklift OEM's, Toyota Material Handling Group North America and Crown Equipment Corporation.

As the packaged goods company assessed Flux's 250Ahe LiFT Pack battery, before expanding its evaluation to the 80Ahe and 135Ahe models

The packs produce 2000 cycles before battery capacity is 80% of the original size and able to produce 180Amp and max peak current, according to Flux.

Ron Dutt, Flux Power's CEO, said was excited to have secured approval for their lithium battery packs.

He added: “We are pleased that Crown and Toyota recognise the value our advanced lithium battery packs bring to their key customers and thank them for their support in making this happen. “Today's technical and purchase approvals are significant milestones that build Flux's reputation, brand and market position."

G4 launches ‘ultra-high power’ nickel metal hydride battery

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:05 -- Editor
G4 nickel metal hybride battery

US developer G4 Synergetics has launched an ‘ultra-high power’ advanced nickel metal hydride (NiMH) secondary battery.

G4’s NiMH design is primarily for power-dependent applications, rather than high energy as most commercial cells are designed. The batteries have a low internal resistance, which enables the batteries to deliver extremely high power.

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Kenyan lead-acid firm ABM starts VRLA production

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 09:30 -- Laura Varriale
ABM VRLA battery

Kenya’s Associated Battery Manufacturers (ABM) has started production of VRLA car batteries following a KSh600m ($6.85m) upgrade of its Nairobi factory.

The first battery to roll off the production line is the Powerlast VRLA, a Chloride Exide branded battery.

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Saft wins $20m Boeing contract

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 16:18 -- Ruth Williams
Boeing has 75 satellites containing Saft batteries in orbit

Lithium-ion battery manufacturer Saft will supply battery packs to Boeing for use in communication satellites.

Five contracts have been awarded to build lithium-ion batteries for four geosynchronous orbit (GEO) satellites, which represents $20m worth of satellite battery packs that are due for delivery between 2014 and 2015.

 

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Integrated circuit recharges batteries

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 10:06 -- Ruth Williams

Semiconductor developer, STMicroelectronics, has brought out a new integrated circuit (IC) that uses a thermo-electric generator to power electronic circuits and recharge batteries.

The IC uses ambient light or thermal energy to power small electronic devices such as wireless sensors, smart-building and industrial equipment controls.

 

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