Skeleton Technologies raises $48.5 million to expand the competitive advantage of ultracapacitors


Ultracapacitor manufacturer Skeleton Technologies has announced the completion of a €41.3-million financing round. All the company’s existing investors participated in the equity raise, and were joined by European entrepreneurs and international investors.  Skeleton CEO Taavi Madiberk said, “The roadmap to zero emissions needs innovation and a mix of enabling technologies. Ultracapacitors are a key enabler for… Read more »

Automotive connector strategies and solutions for space saving


Sponsored by TTI and TE Connectivity Automotive manufacturers have been building more electronic content into vehicles with powertrain electrification and increasingly sophisticated driver assist systems accelerating that trend. As a result, many sensor-driven control units with multiple printed circuit boards now have kilometers of new cabling and an exponential number of new connections all of which compete… Read more »

Smart welding battery packs


Sponsored by Hesse Mechatronics Benefits of Smart Welding There are many types of welding used for the interconnection of battery packs. Laser, resistance, spot, etc. are just a few of the common types. Smart Welding was developed by Hesse Mechatronics to offer an alternative option. Smart Welding is “wire bonding without the wire” as it continues to… Read more »

The unsung capabilities of charger software in creating a high-performing EV (Webinar)


What if we told you the secret ingredient behind creating a high-performing and fully connected EV is your battery charger? Many vehicle manufacturers are concerned about whether EVs can outperform its diesel or petrol-powered counterparts with existing battery technology. This concern is debunked for many mid-powered EVs in industries such as construction, material handling, agriculture… Read more »

PPG receives DOE funding for EV battery coating processes


PPG, a supplier of coatings and specialty materials, has received DOE funding for research into the use of two versatile, high-output processes for the production of Li-ion battery electrodes. The three-year, $2.2-million project—one of 13 selected through a DOE initiative focused on addressing engineering challenges for advanced battery materials and devices—will be conducted in collaboration… Read more »

6K Energy develops small-particle NMC 811 with UniMelt plasma production platform


6K announced that it has developed NMC 811 at 1-3 microns as well as the capability to produce single-crystal NMC. Smaller size ranges, desired in the industry but challenging to achieve with conventional methods, improve charge time, extend run time and increase power. 6K has received strong customer pull at all levels of the supply… Read more »

Microchip releases new AEC-Q101-qualified 700 V and 1,200 V SiC SBDs


Microchip Technology is introducing its newly-qualified 700 V and 1,200 V SiC Schottky Barrier Diode (SBD) power devices, providing EV system designers with solutions that meet AEC-Q101 quality standards across a wide range of voltage, current and package options. Microchip says the SBD family’s avalanche performance allows designers to reduce the need for external protection… Read more »

Report highlights the potential for lithium recovery from California’s geothermal industry


Developing lithium from the Salton Sea in California could help anchor a multi-billion-dollar domestic EV battery supply chain, according to a report from New Energy Nexus. The report details the potential to recover lithium as a by-product from the Salton Sea geothermal resource area. “The world is in a race to dominate the EV market—the… Read more »

KEB introduces apps for its T6 Auxiliary Inverter


KEB has released an Embedded App Pool for its T6 Auxiliary Inverter. KEB’s embedded applications are pre-programmed function blocks that give OEMs options such as motor torque/speed control and CAN J1939 communications.  “KEB’s T6 Auxiliary Inverter has an embedded controller inside, which makes it easy to implement advanced control functionality, even when managing multiple motor… Read more »

Amphenol’s new sensor tech detects thermal runaway


Amphenol Advanced Sensors’ new sensor technology platform, Robust Early Detection of Thermal Runaway (REDTR), is designed to detect battery cell faults that result in battery venting (see the recent Charged webinar on this topic). Stressed Li-ion batteries can undergo failure through a variety of factors. Failure can result in an internal reaction that generates heat… Read more »