Tag Archives: Batteries

Batteries without Mass

Electric vehicles use various types of batteries to operate. But all of them have one thing in common—the weight of the batteries. Depending on the size of the vehicle, the battery weight is a significant part of the total weight of the vehicle. As a vehicle must carry its batteries along with it, it is unable to fully utilize its total capacity. Engineers and scientists are researching various ways of reducing the battery weight while enhancing its energy density. Some scientists are thinking Read more [...]

Smart Batteries with Sensors

Quick-charging batteries are in vogue now. Consumers are demanding more compact, quick-charging, lightweight, and high-energy-density batteries for all types of electronic devices including high-efficiency vehicles. Whatever be the working conditions, even during a catastrophe, batteries must be safe. Of late, the Lithium-ion battery technology has gained traction among designers and engineers as it satisfies several demands of consumers, while at the same time being cost-efficient. However, with Read more [...]

Wireless Charging and Electric Vehicles

In our daily lives, we are increasingly using wireless products. At the same time, researchers are also working on newer trends in charging electric vehicles wirelessly. With more countries now implementing regulations for fuel economy and pushing initiatives for replacing fossil-fuel based vehicles with those driven by electricity, automotive manufacturers have focused their targets on development of electric vehicles. On one hand there are technological advancements on lithium-ion batteries and Read more [...]

What is an Instantly Rechargeable Battery?

The batteries required to power them have so far impeded advancement of electric cars. A primary difference between vehicles powered by fossil fuels and those powered by batteries is that batteries tend to discharge with use and require a finite time to recharge, immobilizing the vehicle for that period. On the other hand, simply filling up the gas-tank with fossil fuel is enough to keep the car rolling on the road. However, that may be changing now.
Research at the Purdue University has led to Read more [...]

Battery Monitoring with Comparators

So many portable consumer electronics gadgets in use today use small, button- or coin-cell batteries. Sometimes it is necessary to monitor their state-of-charge (SOC) and health efficiently without affecting their SOC significantly, but this can be a challenge. However, simple low-power monitoring circuits for small batteries using comparators can overcome this challenge.
Managing Batteries in Portable Systems
Usually, the system engineer budgets the system power requirements carefully during the Read more [...]

Boosting Battery Life in IoT Devices

Earlier, the assumption was unused energy from the environment, machines, people, and so on could be used to power valuable devices and this would be done for free. The assumption was based on the convergence of four key technologies to enable mass adoption of energy harvesting—efficient voltage converters, efficient harvesting devices, low-power sensors, and low-power microcontrollers. However, it was soon realized that although energy harvesting does operate for free, the system needs investment, Read more [...]

A Cheaper Alternative for Batteries—Sodium Ion

A vast majority of electronic equipment running on batteries rely on the Lithium-ion technology for their electrode material. Since Lithium is relatively rare, its mining and refining make it an expensive material to use. This has led scientists to search for a cheaper alternative, and they have turned to the cheapest substance available, the common salt. A team from Stanford has developed a battery based on Sodium-ion whose cost per storage capacity is far lower than that of the existing batteries Read more [...]

Super Efficient Diamond Batteries from Nuclear Waste

So far, we have been dumping our dangerous nuclear waste into oceans or deep inside the earth, hoping they will stay there. Now, there is a better way out. Scientists are now confident they can use nuclear waste as a source of energy to convert radioactive gas into diamonds of the artificial type, not as jewelry, but to be used as batteries.

Scientists claim the diamonds can generate their own electrical current. As they are made of radioactive material with long half-life, the batteries could Read more [...]

Monitoring Batteries Wirelessly

Lithium-ion batteries, when used to drive automobiles, can operate reliably over long periods, but require considerable care. That means not operating them to the extreme ends of their state of charge or SOC. With passage of time and usage, the capacity of a lithium ion cell changes, and therefore, each cell in the system has to be managed so that it remains within its constrained SOC.

As vehicle operation requires generating as much as 1000 V or higher, tens or hundreds of cells are necessary, Read more [...]

How Safe Are the Batteries You Use?

There is occasional news about exploding smartphone batteries. As this is a safety related issue, the topic has generated a lot of interest. Several researchers, from the National Physical Laboratory, UK, the Imperial College, London, ESRF the European Synchrotron, and UCL, the University College, London have tried to find out the reasons and the mechanism behind batteries exploding. Their research reveals how damage to the internal structure of the batteries can spread to neighboring batteries.

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