Posts By: Tom Lombardo

Wevo potting compounds used in supercapacitors

WIMA, a maker of film capacitors, employs Wevo potting compounds in its supercapacitor PowerBlock—a cascaded, double-layer capacitor module whose capacitance, rated voltage and dimensions can be individually adapted to a desired application. This allows a range of mobility applications, such as engine starter modules in large construction and agricultural machinery, ships, locomotives, trams and buses,… Read more »

Purdue researchers demonstrate liquid-to-vapor phase change cooling for EV charging cables

Faster EV charging will necessitate a significant increase in the current passing through the charging cable, which causes an increase in heat. Researchers at Purdue University may have developed a way to dissipate that heat. Their solution employs a liquid-to-vapor phase change. With traditional liquid cooling, the cooling fluid captures the heat and is routed… Read more »

TWAICE raises $26 million in Series B funding for battery analytics software

TWAICE, a provider of battery analytics software, has raised $26 million in Series B funding, bringing the company’s total financing to $45 million. The funds will be used to expand the company’s analytics platform and to fuel international expansion. “We have heavily invested in our battery analytics software to address the challenges in the battery… Read more »

Silicon Labs expands isolated gate driver product family with Si828x version 2

Silicon Labs has announced the addition of the Si828x version 2 to its isolated gate driver product family. This update allows the product family to drive silicon carbide (SiC) FET gates, addressing the growing market for half- and full-bridge inverters and power supplies that require improved power density, cooler operation and reduced switching losses. “The… Read more »

NH Research launches Enerlab 2.0 for remote battery testing

NH Research, a provider of battery test solutions for the EV and renewable energy markets, has launched Enerlab 2.0, a new battery test lab management solution. Enerlab 2.0, which uses the Enerchron test executive, has a new design that includes a GUI focused on improving the user experience and productivity.  Enerchron is a battery test… Read more »

Electrolyte producer NOHMs Technologies becomes Sionic Energy

NOHMs Technologies, a provider of electrolyte products for Li-ion batteries, has announced its relaunch as Sionic Energy, transforming its business to deliver complete battery cell designs that incorporate its technologies into a drop-in, rapidly commercialized, low-cost, high-performance Li-ion technology. Sionic’s silicon battery cell designs can be integrated into cylindrical, pouch or prismatic cell formats in… Read more »

Romeo Power and PACCAR enter long-term EV supply agreement

Romeo Power has announced a long-term supply agreement with PACCAR to provide battery packs, modules and battery management systems for PACCAR’s EVs. Under the agreement, Romeo Power will be a battery supplier for Peterbilt 579 and 520 EVs in the US and Canada through 2025. The start of production is anticipated to begin after 2021…. Read more »

United Mineral & Chemical acquires Pred Materials

United Mineral & Chemical (UMC), a supplier of semiconductor materials, has acquired Pred Materials International (PMI), a corporation serving energy storage, structural ceramic and electronic materials markets.  PMI joins UMC’s Deposition Products Group in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. Alexandre Leviant, CEO of ICD Group, the parent company of UMC, said, “The acquisition of Pred Materials enhances… Read more »

Niobium-based battery startup Nyobolt opens US office

UK-based Nyobolt, a developer of niobium-based battery technology, has opened its first US office. The expansion comes two months after the company closed a $10-million-dollar Series A funding round. Serving as the main hub for Nyobolt’s global battery cell development, the Boston-based US team—which combines the expertise of engineers from A123 and other battery companies—will… Read more »

Wildcat ramps up its focus on EV Supercell breakthroughs

The lithium-ion battery has proven to be an excellent fuel tank for EVs, but there remains much room for improvement. We’re still far from what’s theoretically achievable in terms of Li-ion capacity, safety, cost and charge times. As battery manufacturers continue their quest for improved chemistry and material combinations, they rely on applied researchers like… Read more »