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.

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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.

Articles: Electronics & Computers
Active Battery Cell Balancing
Active cell balancing redistributes charge between battery cells during the charge and discharge cycle
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Spreadable Way to Stabilize Solid-State Batteries
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: Electronics & Computers
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: Automotive
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: Energy
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: Propulsion
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...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Fabrication of Multilayer Ferritin Arrays
This method creates a thin-film electrode for a bio-nanobattery.
Briefs: Transportation
Solid-State Lithium Battery
This thin film battery can be used for on-package power in mass market electric vehicles (EVs) and electronic devices.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Super-Fast Method for Ceramic Manufacturing

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....

Briefs: Energy
Sodium-Ion Batteries
These can replace rechargeable lithium-ion batteries commonly used in robotics, power tools, and grid-scale energy storage.
Products: Test & Measurement
New on the Market: July 2020
Photoelectric sensors, cable connectors, power monitors, and USB3 cameras.

Researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have demonstrated how to overcome a persistent challenge to potassium metal batteries — dendrites. Their new battery...

Solid state batteries are of great interest to the electric vehicle industry. New technology developed by scientists at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden and Xi'an...

Technology Leaders: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Biodegradable and Bio-Interfacing Flexible IoT Sensors

Bio-interfacing and biodegradable flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) devices can help tackle some of the world’s great challenges including environmental degradation and food...

Technology Leaders: Connectivity
RF Innovations Give Batteries New Life
Low-power radio design is enabling new connected IoT products for consumer, commercial, industrial, and medical markets.
Rensselaer Engineering focuses on solving the “grand challenges” facing humanity.
The Los Angeles, CA-based company Nanotech Energy is using graphene to prevent thermal runaway and create a non-flammable battery.
On-Demand Webinars: Electronics & Computers
Touch-Safe High-Voltage Battery Connectivity Solutions

The mass production of battery-powered electric vehicles requires a high safety level during assembly, daily operation, and maintenance. This is particularly relevant to battery connectors, where touch safety is vital, in addition to electrical and mechanical performance over the...

The AI system can help shorten the time required for 2D material-based electronics to be ready for consumer devices.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Machine Learning Method for Battery Development
The method slashes battery testing times — a key barrier to longer-lasting, faster-charging batteries for electric vehicles.
Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Will 'Metal-Air Scavengers' Power Vehicles and Robots?

Penn Engineering researchers have introduced a "metal-air scavenger" vehicle, which gets energy not from a battery, but from breaking chemical bonds in the aluminum surface it travels over. The technology, which works like both a battery and an energy harvester, has 13 times more energy...

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