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Batteries

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Technology Leaders: Electronics & Computers
Supercapacitors Go Hybrid for Increased Performance and Efficiency
Learn about the properties of each capacitor option, and their ideal applications.
Artificial intelligence is used to decode X-ray images faster, which could aid innovations in medicine, materials, and energy.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Product of the Month: June 2021 Tech Briefs
A new power supply from Bicker Elektronik has a backup battery that bridges power failures, brownouts, and flicker.
Question of the Week: Electronics & Computers
Will Rectennas Reduce Our Need for Batteries?

Rectennas act a bit like your car antenna. Instead of picking up radio waves, however, the tiny optical devices absorb light and convert it into power. The rectenna featured in today’s top story, generated half a nanowatt – a small amount of power that its inventors hope to increase.

Question of the Week: Materials
Will Metal-Free Batteries Catch On?

Our lead story today highlighted a metal-free battery that degrades on demand. While a cobalt-less battery has its sustainability benefits, more work will need to be done for the Texas A&M-developed technology to compete with the lithium-ion standard.

A team from Texas A&M developed a battery that's metal-free and replaces cobalt with organic, recyclable materials.
As the vehicle platform size decreases, the pulse power discharge rates of the Energy Storage System (ESS) increase.
This technology provides highly efficient grid-scale electricity storage at a fifth of the cost of current storage technologies.
Lithium-metal solid-state batteries can provide a safer, more energy-dense alternative to current technology.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Low-Cost, Fast Production of Solid-State Batteries
A disruptive manufacturing technology now offers reduced manufacturing costs and improved volumetric energy density in all-solid cells.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Charge Control Methods for Supercapacitors
A comparison of passive and active supercapacitor charging methods emphasizes the need for a close inspection on power source and supercapacitor demand.
Battery analyzers, uninterruptible power supplies, adhesives, and more.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Cobalt-Free Cathodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries
The cathodes could enhance energy density of next-generation Li-ion batteries.
The online Battery and Electrification Summit on June 15 and 16, 2021 offers two days of expert insight, innovation, and emerging applications.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Wireless Charging for Lunar Robots
See how WiBotic — a maker of wireless charging and fleet energy management technologies — is preparing robots for the Moon.
The alloy could influence the way energy storage devices are designed and manufactured.
Tech Briefs readers ask a series of questions about the future of plastics in battery electric vehicles.
Researchers from Cornell University have redesigned the battery so that aluminum more easily integrates into a battery's electrodes.
Question of the Week: Electronics & Computers
Will Underwater Exploration Go Battery-Free?

A Tech Brief featured in our April issue highlighted a battery-free pinpointing system from MIT called Underwater Backscatter Localization. Rather than emitting its own acoustic signals, the “UBL” reflects modulated signals from its environment. The reflections provide researchers with positioning...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Materials Capable of Self-Propulsion
Shape and environment can cause materials to move without motors or hands.
The device recharges the internal battery of implants without invasive surgery.
This composite can be used in lithium metal batteries.
INSIDER: Electronics & Computers
A Fluid Solution to Dendrite Growth in Batteries

Scientists at University of California, Davis, have proposed a solution to dendrite growth in rechargeable lithium metal batteries using microfluidics. The group proved that flowing ions...

The next generation of waterproof smart fabrics can be laser-printed and made in minutes.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Charging Port for Autonomous Drone Swarms
Hundreds of drones can recharge autonomously on unmanned ground vehicles.
Q&A: Electronics & Computers
Q&A: Printable Flexible Batteries
Professor Shirley Meng explains why there's a demand for stretchable batteries.
Special Reports: Robotics, Automation & Control
Rugged Computing - March 2021

From the battlefield to the oceans to the extremes of space, electronics and computing advances enable missions in the harshest conditions. To help you keep pace with the latest developments, we present this...

A stretchable system can harvest energy from human breathing and motion.
Inficon’s lithium-ion battery cell test can detect a leak many times smaller than current methods identify.

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