Batteries
FDA Recognizes Two UL Battery Safety Standards for Medical Devices
Posted in News, Batteries, Electronic Components, Power Supplies, FDA Compliance/Regulatory Affairs on Wednesday, 23 July 2014
UL (Underwriters Laboratories), Northbrook, IL, announced that the FDA has recognized two UL battery safety standards as consensus standards for medical devices incorporating lithium or nickel-based batteries. The two standards are UL 2054 - Standard for Household and Commercial Batteries, and UL 1642 - Standard for Lithium Batteries (Cells).
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New Chemistry Enables Longer-Lived Batteries
Posted in News, Batteries, Electronic Components, Electronics, Power Supplies, Patient Monitoring on Wednesday, 07 May 2014
Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee say they have developed a new type of battery chemistry aimed at producing batteries that last longer than previously thought possible.
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Power for Extreme Environments
Posted in Articles, Batteries on Wednesday, 30 April 2014
Specifying the ideal power management solution for remote wireless devices found in extreme environments and hard-to-access locations requires more ruggedized solutions. Fortunately, two viable options are now available: lithium thionyl chloride (LiSOCL2) chemistry that can operate for 40+ years, and energy harvesting devices coupled with special rechargeable lithium-ion batteries designed for extreme environments that can deliver up to 20+ years of battery life. Lithium thionyl chloride chemistry is proven for use in extreme environments.
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Nanomaterial Extends Lithium-Sulfur Battery Lifespan
Posted in News, Batteries, Power Management, Metals on Friday, 18 April 2014
A new nanomaterial could extend the lifespan of lithium-sulfur batteries, and therefore the driving range of electric vehicles.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers added the powder to the battery's cathode to capture problematic polysulfides that usually cause lithium-sulfur batteries to fail after a few charges.

Metal organic frameworks — also called MOFs — are crystal-like compounds made of metal clusters connected to organic molecules, or linkers. Together, the clusters and linkers assemble into porous 3-D structures.

During lab tests, a lithium-sulfur battery with PNNL's MOF cathode maintained 89 percent of its initial power capacity after 100 charge-and discharge cycles. Having shown the effectiveness of their MOF cathode, PNNL researchers now plan to further improve the cathode's mixture of materials so it can hold more energy.

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Pomegranate Inspires Battery Design
Posted in News, Batteries, Electronic Components, Electronics, Power Supplies on Monday, 24 February 2014
Researchers at Stanford University and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has invented an electrode designed like a pomegranate with silicon nanoparticles clustered like seeds in a tough carbon rind, that they say overcomes several obstacles to using silicon for a new generation of lithium-ion batteries.
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Improving Safety of Lithium Ion Batteries
Posted in News, Batteries, Electronics, Power Supplies, Coatings & Adhesives on Wednesday, 12 February 2014
A team of Washington State University (WSU), Pullman, researchers has developed a gummy battery material that, they say, could dramatically improve the safety of lithium ion batteries.
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Battery Gas Gauge
Posted in Products, Batteries, Electronic Components, Electronics, Power Management on Tuesday, 31 December 2013
Linear Technology Corpora tion, Milpitas, CA, announces the LTC2943 multicell battery gas gauge, which makes direct measurements of 3.6V to 20V battery stacks. The LTC2943 is a true high voltage gas gauge that measures charge, voltage, current, and temperature to within 1% accuracy. It is best suited for professional power tools and portable medical equipment.
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