For portable products, batteries provide the power source. When the battery is dead, even the coolest product becomes a paperweight. With the increasing amount of portable products, a number of approaches to increase operating time is appearing. In many cases, larger battery modules are obtained by combining high volume cells into a higher current and/or higher voltage assembly for higher power applications. For some portable applications, a battery replacement module is an alternative to a dead battery.
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Valence Technology Inc.'s Saphion technology for lithium-ion batteries targets high performance with stable chemistry and a high rate capability. The design incorporates a phosphate-based cathode material in place of a traditional Lithium-ion approach that uses a cobalt-oxide cathode material. As a result, Saphion batteries have an extraordinary life cycle and long service life. The technology is flexible and can be used in wound cylindrical, wound prismatic, and polymer battery construction types. Several cells packaged as a module or battery pack can provide the power source for applications such as electric and hybrid vehicles. For example, the Saphion technology Powered U-Charge, a family of 12V Lithium-ion energy storage systems, has a specific energy of 93 Wh/kg and energy density of 143 Wh/l compared to a sealed lead-acid battery's specific energy values of 26 to 29 Wh/kg and energy density of 56 to 74 Wh/l. The storage technology targets traditional Lithium-ion applications for individual and commercial users as well as emerging markets not currently served by Lithium-ion technology, such as the telecom, utility, and automotive industries. For more information on Valence Technology's Saphion technology storage cells, go tohttp://rbi.ims.ca/4416-688.
FLEXIBLE LITHIUM POLYMER BATTERY
VARTA Microbattery GmbH PoLiFlex lithium polymer batteries are flexible and can be shaped to suit any device. By stacking the electrodes on top of each other and then thermo-bonding them together, units can be combined to achieve a specific output size and performance. The 370-mAh model is only 2.8 mm high, 34 mm wide and 41.5 mm long, and the 1,000-mAh model measures 4.2×66×35 mm including the electronic safety module. The spacing saving units contain no heavy metals and no free, liquid electrolytes. For more information on VARTA's PoLiFlex lithium polymer batteries, go tohttp://rbi.ims.ca/4416-689.
Compact Power System's Cellboost is a disposable battery/charger that provides 60 minutes of additional usage when the internal battery of a portable product is discharged and there is no charger or ac outlet available. The unit simply plugs into the portable device's charging port and is discarded when empty. The battery/charger works within minutes to simultaneously allow usage of the portable product and recharges the internal battery. The energy transfer occurs instantly and can be used all at once or in multiple sessions. Specific battery designs address cell phones, smart phones, such as Blackberry, portable games, camcorders and iPods. For more information regarding Compact Power System's Cellboost disposable battery, go tohttp://rbi.ims.ca/4416-690.
In an age of globalization and rapid changes through scientific progress, two of our societies' (and economies') main concerns are to satisfy the needs and wishes of the individual and to save precious resources. Cloud computing caters to both of these.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.