The Tech

Xtalic develops new nanostructured alloys for EV applications

Nanostructure specialist Xtalic has created new nanostructured metal alloys and coatings for EV applications, including: • Extending the life of charging connectors • Producing stable components for high-temperature environments • Lightweighting • Improving corrosion resistance Equipped with Xtalic’s nanostructured allows, XTRONIC and LUNA, charging connectors achieve more than 10,000 charge cycles in real-world conditions, according… Read more »

DuPont’s new thermal-conductive adhesive for battery assemblies

DuPont has introduced a new adhesive, BETASEAL TC, for EV and hybrid battery assemblies. The material is designed to ensure retention of thermal conductivity between battery cells and cooling plates by creating a strong, long-lasting contact with no gaps. DuPont says that BETASEAL TC, part of its AHEAD (Accelerating Hybrid-Electric Autonomous Driving) initiative, has a… Read more »

New automated vacuum pressure soldering system for IGBT power modules

SST Vacuum Reflow Systems, a subsidiary of photonics and microelectronic company Palomar Technologies, has launched the SST 8300 Series Automated Vacuum Pressure Soldering System for IGBT power modules in high-reliability automotive and commercial applications. Offered in either single- or triple-chamber systems, the series enables above average void rates, heating up to 500° C, and fast… Read more »

Voltaiq and A&D Technology form partnership to offer battery analytics and testing

Voltaiq, a battery software platform company, and A&D Technology, a test automation and lab management company, are partnering to combine Voltaiq’s experience with battery data analytics and A&D’s experience in battery technology and EV powertrains. The partnership’s target customers are battery manufacturers and transportation companies. “As A&D expands our focus on electrification to meet growing… Read more »

Silicon Lab’s new isolated amplifiers ensure precise current and voltage measurements with ultra-low temperature drift

Semiconductor company Silicon Labs has introduced a family of isolated analog amplifiers, voltage sensors and delta-sigma modulator (DSM) devices designed to provide accurate current and voltage measurement with very low drift across temperature. The Texas-based company says the Si89xx family provides flexible voltage, current, and output options to help developers reduce BOM cost and shrink… Read more »

Power Sonic introduces line of Bluetooth-enabled lithium batteries

US battery manufacturer Power Sonic has introduced a new series that adds Bluetooth connectivity to its LiFePO4 batteries. With the free app, users can monitor the state of charge, voltage, temperature, capacity, and overall health of any Power Sonic Bluetooth battery within 10 meters. The app also records any conditions detrimental to the health of… Read more »

24M unveils Dual Electrolyte System for next-generation cells

Battery company 24M unveiled its Dual Electrolyte System at the International Battery Seminar & Exhibit last month in Florida. According to 24M, the system permits cells with compositionally distinct electrolytes to be manufactured at scale, enabling next-generation cell chemistries. These cells can provide energy densities exceeding 350 Wh/kg as well as improved cycle life and… Read more »

Electric motors led demand for electrical steel in 2018

Electric motors led demand for electrical steel in 2018, according to a recent report by research and consulting firm Fact.MR. Demand for electrical steel is estimated to reach 15,9000 kt in 2018, an increase of almost 900 kt or 6.7 percent from 2017. Fact.MR attributed the increase in demand to increased applications for electrical steel… Read more »

Lithium-ion battery electrode plant available for purchase in Michigan

An electrode manufacturing facility with a production capacity of 4,000,000 Li-ion battery cells per year is available for purchase 20 miles outside of Detroit. The plant contains an anode and cathode processing line, including: Material mixing Coating Drying Roll slitting Packaging Solvent recovery system The plant also features a stainless-steel tank farm, spare parts, air… Read more »