Valence Technology Inc. (Henderson, NV) reported it has received new purchase orders for lithium polymer batteries. The orders total 50,000 meters, or more than 30 miles, of proprietary anode, cathode and separator material. The company also delivered its second major shipment of lithium polymer battery components to its joint partner, Hanil Valence Co. (Seoul, Korea). […]
Energy Ventures Inc. (EVI, Toronto)announced that, in laboratory tests, its Zinc Bromine Hybrid system now delivers up to 100 battery charge and discharge cycles. Zinc Carbon or LeClanche cells, typically marketed as heavy duty batteries, have been manufactured for over 125 years and more than 5 billion cells a year are still sold today (primarily […]
The Northeast Advanced Vehicle Consortium (NAVC) announced that four clean transportation projects have been awarded funding by the US Advanced Vehicle Technologies Program (AVP). The AVP is funded jointly by the Departments of Transportation and Defense, to spur development of innovative technologies for medium and heavy duty vehicles.The first project receiving funding is to develop […]
Unitrode Corp. (Merrimack, NH) announced the UCC39421/2 family of multimode high-frequency PWM controllers, optimized for low-power portable applications. The ICs are considered ideal for multi-chemistry battery applications, whether using alkaline, NiMH rechargeable, or lithium-ion rechargeable cells.The UCC39421 family is claimed to offer 95 percent efficient, current-mode dc/dc conversion to boost, flyback, and SEPIC (Single Ended […]
Powerware (Raleigh N.C.) was awarded a three year contract to be a global supplier of power protection solutions for the US Air Force. The follow-on contract also includes two one-year options for preventive and emergency maintenance solutions of uninterruptible power systems (UPS) and has an estimated value of approximately $4 million over its five-year term.The […]
Bolder Technologies (Golden, CO) announced that a TMF-powered electric motorcycle set a new national speed record June 5, 1999. The quarter mile time was 13.995 seconds, which represents the fastest official time recorded for an electric motorcycle in the quarter mile. This compares with a quarter mile time of 12.7 seconds set by a Dodge […]
Yuasa Inc. (Reading, PA) has expanded its line of Independence NP Series of VRLA batteries with two new units claimed to deliver...
IXYS Corp. (Santa Clara, CA) introduced three new trench power MOSFETs for low-voltage, high-current applications. The IXUC100N055, IXUC200N055 and IXUC160N075 possess high current ratings of 100A, 200A and 160A, respectively. The devices are housed in a new "hole-less" package that conforms to the TO-220 outline with an electrically isolated mounting tab. In this ISOPLUS220 housing, […]
General Electric Co. (Fairfield, CT) announced that its power systems segment acquired two businesses from Honeywell International Inc. (Morristown, NJ) along with two sets of intellectual property and equipment assets in a move that enhances its offerings in the fuel cell, turbine and petroleum exploration industries. "The synergies that exist between GE and these operations […]
PowerSmart Inc. (Shelton, CT) introduced the new PS3000 family of programmable fuel gauge modules designed to enhance the reliability and runtime of smart lithium-ion and nickel-metal hydride packs by providing more accurate battery data than conventional fuel gauge monitoring circuits. The new modules are fully SBS compliant and contain all SBS functionality on a single […]
Harris Corp. (Melbourne, FL) recently announced it is selling off its entire semiconductor business. Harris has entered an agreement to sell the division to a subsidiary of Sterling Holding Company LLC, a Citicorp Venture Capital Ltd. investment portfolio company. Harris had previously intended to sell only the power portion of the semiconductor division."Selling the whole […]
Electrofuel Inc. (Toronto) announced that its new Lithium-Ion SuperPolymer battery has almost doubled the previous endurance record of rechargeable batteries. The new SuperPolymer battery has an energy density of 470Wh/litre and 183Wh/kg, and is claimed to be able to power laptop computers for 15 hours or more when fully charged. The first product based on […]
ASE Americas (Billerica, MA) has introduced a new solar power generator for emergency, remote and recreational uses. The Solar Power Companion 2000 (SPC 2000) combines a high-efficiency battery and a solar module that converts sunlight directly to electricity. The power generated from the SPC 2000 is available as 12Vdc directly from the battery, or 110Vac […]
North Carolina State University (NCSU) has received $500,000 in research funding from SolarAmp (Raleigh, NC) to develop a molecular-based, solid-state, solar cell....
Ballard Power Systems (Vancouver), Petro-Canada (Calgary), and Methanex (Vancouver) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in which the three companies will be working together to establish a commercially viable fuel distribution network to meet the expected demand for fuel cell vehicles. The first pilot project will involve the supply and distribution of fuel, […]