Posts By: Matt Cousineau

Hillcrest says its high-frequency inverter boosts efficiency

Inverter and control system company Hillcrest Energy Technologies has announced the results of efficiency testing on its proof-of-concept 10 kW inverter. In testing with an 80 kW motor, the company says testing at 20 kHz, 40 kHz and 60 kHz revealed an improvement of efficiency at each increased frequency level. “Combined with our existing test… Read more »

Altris raises $10.6 million in Series A funding for cathode material production and sodium-ion R&D

Sodium-ion battery company Altris has raised €9.6 million ($10.6 million) in Series A funding from EIT InnoEnergy Scandinavia and others, which it will use to scale up production of its cathode material Fennac and to continue sodium-ion battery R&D. “Our new industrial manufacturing unit will ensure that Fennac-based batteries become a reality within two years,”… Read more »

Indium to launch new adhesive for power module assembly

Indium Corporation, a designer and manufacturer of materials for electronics assembly, plans to release a new adhesive for power module assembly at PCIM Europe, which is scheduled for May 10 to 12 in Nuremberg, Germany. InTACK is a halogen-free adhesive designed to hold a die, chip or solder preform in place during the placement process… Read more »

Zenlabs reveals test results for its new pouch cells for e-aviation

Battery cell company Zenlabs Energy has announced the results of energy and power testing on its new large-format pouch cells as part of broader testing performed by independent third-party test lab Energy Assurance. Designed for the electric aviation market, the new large-format cells have a 32 Ah capacity. In 12C rate testing involving about 394… Read more »

Researchers develop method for stabilizing interfaces in solid-state batteries

Researchers at MIT and the DOE’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have developed a method for stabilizing the interfaces between the electrolyte and cathodes in solid-state batteries during the sintering process. Based on research reported in Advanced Energy Materials, the team found that when temperatures are above a few hundred degrees Celsius, carbon dioxide and reactions unfold… Read more »

Littelfuse unveils new thyristor product line with 3 kA of surge protection

Circuit protection manufacturer Littelfuse has introduced a new thyristor product line, which is designed to safeguard exposed surfaces such as RS-485 data interfaces and AC/DC power supplies in factory automation systems, energy storage systems, power distribution grids and EV charging systems. The Pxxx0S3N SIDACtor Protection Thyristor is housed in a DO-214AB (SMC) package, and supplies… Read more »

SemiQ launches SiC 1,200 V, 80 milliohm MOSFET modules in SOT-227 packages

Semiconductor supplier SemiQ has launched a new generation of its MOSFET modules, which are designed for EVs, power supplies and data centers. The second-generation SiC 1,200 V, 80 milliohm MOSFET module is housed in the SOT-227 package, and is available in a 10 A parallel diode version as well as without a parallel diode. The… Read more »

Quebec invests $22.5 million in battery recycling firm Lithion

Battery recycling technology company Lithion has received $22.5 million in funding from the Quebec government. It will use the funding to develop its facilities in Quebec. Some will be invested in a battery dismantling and reprocessing plant the company expects to open in 2023, and some will finance engineering studies for the construction of a… Read more »

ATC Drivetrain opens new lab for battery and electric drive unit remanufacturing

Powertrain remanufacturer ATC Drivetrain has launched a new lab for remanufacturing the batteries and electric drive units of hybrids and EVs at its Oklahoma City facility. The company also has a facility in Cannock, England that remanufactures batteries and drivetrains for EVs. “With our existing capability in the UK, the launch of these competencies in… Read more »

Northvolt to purchase paper mill in Sweden for cathode and cell plant

Swedish battery manufacturer Northvolt has signed a letter of intent to purchase a former paper mill, which it plans to develop into a cathode and cell production plant. The Kvarnsveden Mill in Borlänge, Sweden closed in 2021. Northvolt plans to refurbish the facilities and infrastructure to develop a cathode and cell production plant, which is… Read more »