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September 5, 2017

Before the World starts to panic this is an assessment that only looks at one element of the battery procurement decision.  Environmental, Safety, Quality, Longevity and specific location and application factors can easily drive an alternative perspective.

Round Tr...

August 31, 2017

Introduction:   

Battery experts may minimize the importance of the inverter decision and the balance of plant needs but both can impact RTE significantly and therefore the cost of the operation. Consider the cost implications of just 1% Round Trip inefficiency:

For...

August 29, 2017

                        Underwater Hotel in the Final Stages of Planning 

How inappropriate to call this Planet Earth when it is quite clearly Planet Ocean” Arthur C. Clarke

Summary:

Ever been surprised to be surprise...

August 26, 2017

A Lithium Ion Battery can be a very complicated product to design but before diving in to the hundreds of variants, it is best to divide and conquer the task by separating into several steps.

Choose the Size

The first step is to specify how long the device is required to...

August 23, 2017

Please Note; More photos follow the script.  

Ian and Sue Abercrombie, moved to the US twenty-six years ago from the UK, initially settling for suburban life 20 miles northwest of Atlanta. Ian, a telephone system software contractor, could work from anywhere and like ma...

July 13, 2017

Introduction 

Vanadium Redox looks more like a Chemical Plant than like a battery but does that matter? Chemical storage tanks, pumps, pipes, exhausts, heating, cooling and Fuel Cell reactors sounds more like a Chemical plant to the traditional battery technologist. How...

July 11, 2017

When I was a lot younger than I am today I went for a job interview with a telephone company.  During the (very difficult) interview the subject of Duracell batteries came up and the interviewer asked me the following question.  "What is the biggest problem with Durace...

July 11, 2017

Batteries – believe it or not – two incredible centuries!

Introduction

Madame Tussaud created her first waxwork, Voltaire, in 1777 before any of the gentlemen shown above had invented their historical Energy Storage device. Today we have Madam Tussaud’s in 24 cities arou...

July 11, 2017

Lithium Ion started in 1991 with a bold, some said foolish, introduction of a 1Ah 18650 cell by Sony. Over 25 years later it has sales of over $40 Billion and is found in just about every type of device imaginable. One could hardly accuse it of pushing its weight aroun...

July 10, 2017

Nickel Batteries keep getting kicked out of opportunities by Lithium Ion! Do they have a chance to succeed?

The sintered nickel cathode that has been around now for over 50 years has been the positive powerhouse of a string of Nickel based batteries for many years. Coup...

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