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Editor’s Choice Kettering University to Test Prototypes from Intech Energy Storage Corp. That May Offer Better Energy Storage, Longer Life and No Dangerous By-Products Kettering University is collaborating with Intech Energy Storage Corp. (IESC) of Toronto, Canada, to test the critical characteristics of, and experimentally fabricate, a newly designed aluminum-based battery that is more versatile, has a longer shelf life and is made of environmentally friendly, nontoxic, low cost components. The aluminum battery validation project is the pilot for the multidisciplinary CUE. It will involve students and faculty from the Electrical and Computer Engineering, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering and Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering departments. IESC believes that the aluminum-based battery they have developed may achieve energy densities in excess of those of existing batteries, and that they have overcome the problems identified with existing aluminum batteries such as hydrogen corrosion, early dry out, high cost, low shelf life, positional restrictions and start-up time. According to IESC, the battery concept can be used in every type of battery from a pacemaker to a truck or boat motor. The possible intended uses for the battery include land and sea transportation vehicles, multi-purpose usage such as laptops and cell phones as well as specialty products such as military equipment. Leyden Energy Raises $10 Million for Commercialization of Silicon Anode Mobile Pouch Cells and Automotive Start-Stop Batteries Leyden Energy, Inc. has raised $10 million in Series C financing from existing investors, including Walden International. The new round will help fund productization and commercialization of Leyden Energy’s next-generation battery chemistries, built on research and development (R&D) breakthroughs in both silicon anode (Si-anode) technology for mobile consumer electronics applications and advanced lithium ion (Li-Ion) chemistry for start-stop automotive applications. Building off its Li-imide chemistry platform, which leads to fundamental improvements in battery performance based on electrolyte innovation, Leyden Energy has engineered new technology breakthroughs in silicon anode. The new chemistry promises to significantly boost energy density and meet the rigorous cycle life and reduced swelling battery requirements for thin mobile consumer electronics. The company will concurrently focus on low-cost breakthrough performance of Li-Ion batteries in start-stop automotive applications in response to rapid adoption of start-stop vehicle technology. “Today, the battery can be an inhibitor to technology innovation by being unable to meet the power, performance and stability requirements of product engineers and designers across a number of different markets,” said Andrew Kau, managing director at Walden International.” March/April 2013 • Battery Power 5

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Battery Power - March/April 2013

Battery Power - March/April 2013
Editor's Choice
GTS and RGIS Launch Battery Test & Replace Service for Mobile Devices
Leyden Energy Raises $10 Million for Commercialization of Silicon Anode Mobile Pouch Cells and Automotive Start-Stop Batteries
Circuit Protection Approach for High-Rate Discharge Li-Ion Battery Application
Battery Power 2013 Conference Preview
Simplify Peripheral Connectivity and Extend Battery Life in Mobile Applications
Managing Lithium-Chemistry Batteries: It’s Mostly About Their Temperature
Lead Acid Batteries: A Proven Technology Marches Forward
New Products
Charging & Testing
Power Supplies & Conversion
ICs & Semiconductors
Industry New

Battery Power - March/April 2013