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Posts By: Tom Spendlove

NI and EA Elektro-Automatik partner to accelerate battery testing

National Instruments (NI) has announced a collaboration with German power supply manufacturer EA Elektro-Automatik to offer bidirectional power supplies that support battery cycling and power-level tests. EA’s power supplies will be integrated into NI’s software-connected toolchain as part of NI’s power electronics.  Integrating EA’s devices into NI’s toolchain gives test engineers and lab managers more… Read more »

BAE launches propulsion system for the marine market

BAE Systems has launched its next-generation power and propulsion system for the marine market. The HybriGen Power and Propulsion system is designed to minimize emissions by improving electrical efficiency and vessel range, increasing propulsion power, and simplifying installation. Work on the HybriGen System will be conducted at the company’s facility in Endicott, New York. The… Read more »

Keysight partners with Proventia to create battery testing systems

Keysight Technologies is partnering with environmental technology company Proventia to develop battery testing systems. Each company is contributing key features to the jointly-developed test lab infrastructure. Keysight’s Scienlab battery testing system is designed for batteries up to 1,500 V. It uses high-voltage silicon carbide (SiC) technology, and achieves an energy recovery capability of 96%. Keysight’s… Read more »

Sensata’s new i-BMS handles applications up to 60 volts

Sensata Technologies’s new i-BMS battery management system for applications up to 60 V is now available. The new system is a cell-chemistry-agnostic, compact, integrated BMS developed for the cost-optimized mass-production of applications such as two- and three-wheelers, automated guided vehicles and robotics. Hot-swap functionality and parallel battery pack support allow for the ability to quickly… Read more »

BorgWarner will supply 800 V SiC inverter to German automaker

BorgWarner will provide a high-voltage silicon carbide inverter to an unnamed German automaker for implementation in its EVs. The BorgWarner 800 V SiC inverter with proprietary power switches provides a compact and efficient power module designed to deliver higher EV range and enhanced driving performance. The inverter uses a scalable power switch for 800 V… Read more »

ORNL scientists use electrochemical pulse to overcome contact impedance

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a scalable, low-cost method to improve the joining of materials in solid-state batteries. One of the challenges in manufacturing solid-state batteries is the difficulty of getting materials to properly join and remain stable during repeated cycles of charging and discharging. Scientists studying methods to overcome this contact… Read more »

First Cobalt to expand nickel and cobalt production

First Cobalt is expanding its plans to provide battery-grade nickel and cobalt, recycled battery materials and precursor material to the North American supply chain. First Cobalt is also changing its name to Electra Battery Materials. Electra is expanding a permitted hydrometallurgical refinery north of Toronto, which is projected to produce 5,000 tons of cobalt per… Read more »

American Battery Technology wins $2-million contract for battery recycling program

The United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) has announced a $2-million lithium-ion recycling development program with American Battery Technology Company (ABTC) in Fernley, Nevada. The contract award, which includes a 75-percent cost share by the ABTC-led project team, funds a 30-month project. The program’s goal is to demonstrate a scaled, fully-domestic, integrated processing cycle for… Read more »

American Axle to supply REE Automotive with electric drive units

American Axle will supply REE Automotive with its electric drive units (EDUs). AAM’s 3-in-1 electric drive technology—which incorporates the electric motor, gearbox and inverter into a single package—will be integrated into REEcorner technology. AAM’s high-speed, integrated 3-in-1 propulsion systems are designed to provide high levels of torque and power density, and REE’s compact and modular… Read more »

Magna supplies battery enclosure for Ford F-150 Lightning

Magna is supplying Ford with battery enclosures for the upcoming F-150 Lightning electric truck. The enclosures will be the first built by Magna for Ford in the North American market. Their aluminum extrusions and stampings are assembled using a combination of laser hybrid and cold metal transfer (CMT) welding. Magna offers battery enclosures made from… Read more »