Electrical/​Electronics

Batteries

Find innovative solutions for design engineering challenges in battery management systems. Discover the latest battery system applications in wearables, autonomous vehicles, and other electronic systems.

Latest Briefs & News

As the number of electric vehicles grows, so does the need for advancements in battery technologies, especially in areas of thermal management, safety, durability,...

The new battery technology could improve electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft and supercharge safe, long-range electric cars.
Taking a cue from birds and insects, the wing design helps drones fly more efficiently and makes them more robust to atmospheric turbulence.
This battery would enable a 10-minute electrical vehicle recharge.
Special Reports: Defense
RF & Microwave Electronics - October 2020

In this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Aerospace & Defense Technology and Tech Briefs, read about how advances in RF electronics are enabling new applications in space and...

A new composite from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) increases the electrical current capacity of copper wires, providing a new material that can be scaled for use in ultra-efficient, power-dense electric vehicle traction motors.
Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Will 'Biomorphic' Batteries Support a Future of Tiny Robots?

A Tech Briefs TV video highlighted a rechargeable zinc battery from the University of Michigan that integrates into the structure of a robot to provide much more energy. The “biomorphic” battery, according to researchers, could provide 72x more energy for robots.

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Soft Robotic Insect Survives Being Flattened by a Flyswatter
The ultra-light robotic insect can be folded or crushed, yet continues to move.
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Smart Sensors for Hazardous Areas
Smart sensors for hazardous areas monitor essential assets, such as motors and pumps.
Articles: Internet of Things
Long-life Batteries for the IIoT
Choosing the right battery will save trouble and expense in the long run.
Special Reports: Automotive
Power Electronics - September 2020

This compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Aerospace & Defense Technology looks at the latest advances in power electronics and energy storage for a range of applications...

Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Wiegand Wire: Energy Harvesting and More
With the emergence of a new generation of ultra-efficient electronic chips, the Wiegand technology is showing significant promise, especially in the exciting area of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
The device brings lithium metal batteries one step closer to commercial viability.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Active Battery Cell Balancing
Active cell balancing redistributes charge between battery cells during the charge and discharge cycle
A “butter-like” interlayer material boosts current density and increases safety.
A number of battery-related innovations have been assisted by a joining technology: ultrasonic metal welding.
Drop-in replacements for lithium ion batteries would not pose a fire danger.
The battery design increases the number of possible cycles from tens to more than 100 with little degradation.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Venting for EV Battery Packs
Cell chemistries, thermal dynamics, vehicle packaging, and even weather present challenges for optimizing electric vehicle battery functional safety.
To achieve vehicle manufacturers’ ambitious goals for electric vehicles, Li-ion batteries need to be improved.
Products: Test & Measurement
New Products: August 2020 Battery Technology
Power switches, battery pack adhesives, supercapacitor modules, and more...
Briefs: Energy
Semi-Liquid Metal Anode
Lithium batteries made using this electrode type could be much safer than typical lithium metal-based batteries.
Using ceramic material and graphene, the toughness of solid-state lithium-ion batteries can be doubled.
Briefs: Materials
Organic Lithium-Powered Batteries
These batteries are more environmentally friendly while retaining performance, stability, and storage capacity.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Products of Tomorrow: August 2020
A neural stimulator, a battery testing device, and a strain sensor.
Question of the Week: Aerospace
Will Electric Aircraft Take-Off in Everyday Aviation?

In May of 2020, the “eCaravan” aircraft, powered by a 750-horsepower electric motor and more than 2000 pounds of lithium-ion batteries, flew to a height of over 2500 feet, at over 100 miles per hour. The all-electric airplane was built by magniX, Seattle-based electric propulsion...

This method creates a thin-film electrode for a bio-nanobattery.
Briefs: Energy
Solid-State Lithium Battery
This thin film battery can be used for on-package power in mass market electric vehicles (EVs) and electronic devices.

Scientists have reinvented a 26,000-year-old manufacturing process into an innovative approach to fabricating ceramic materials widely used in batteries, electronics, and extreme environments....

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