11 Oct 2017
Planar Energy Devices
Now gone bust, Planar Energy was a company developing thio-LISICON electrolytes for solid-state batteries. The company claimed to have developed a high-speed deposition process that could significantly reduce the cost of solid-state electrolyte manufacturing.
14 Sep 2011
Widening government support for printed electronics
This year, the world's largest event on printed electronics, "printed Electronics USA" will reflect the widening government support for printed electronics. Beyond the burgeoning programs at universities and government research centers, this is particularly evident in military and electric vehicle work. The US Army reflects this in two presentations. One is an overview of materials printing capabilities and prototype development for US Army applications and the other concerns direct write approaches to nanoscale electronics.
7 Oct 2010
Sakti3 Third generation batteries backed
Earlier this year, the University of Michigan traction battery spinoff Sakti3, inc. announced $7 million in second round of venture funding led by capital firm Beringea, in addition to Khosla. Now G.M. Ventures has invested $3.2 Million in the company. Vloet/University of Michigan Professor Ann Marie Sastry of the University of Michigan is chief executive of Sakti3.
6 Oct 2010
New electric planes take off
It seems back to front but the unmanned pure electric aircraft have often been huge, including the AeroVironment and Aurora Flight Sciences vehicles that cruise to upper atmosphere on solar energy carrying out surveillance.
20 May 2010
Laminar batteries are better
Laminar batteries are increasingly adopted in electronics because they have better cooling, damage tolerance and performance in respect of charge and discharge speed when optimally designed for this shape. Companies such as Cymbet and Infinite Power Solutions already supply small laminar lithium batteries for such applications as backup power for electronics and some even continue to operate if a nail is driven through them.
15 Mar 2010
Printing large batteries
170 years ago, Faraday appreciated the different electrical properties of nano gold over bulk metal in electrical devices, so applying nanotechnology to these things is scarcely new. However, the huge sums now being applied to improvement of lithium traction batteries in particular are now leading to work on a much larger scale and thin film technology, nanotechnology and printing are in increasingly important part of this.
11 Mar 2010
Lithium vehicle traction batteries and harvesting
The conference of about 40 people "Lithium Battery Technology and System Development" in London 9 March 2010 was concerned with "breaking barriers for electric vehicles".
20 Feb 2009
Planar Energy Devices announces the PowerPlane™ MX battery
World's smallest, high capacity, rechargeable thin battery enters the market.
5 Dec 2008
Laminar batteries - missing the big opportunity?
Laminar batteries are usually having success only where the need for thinness and flexibility is extreme. IDTechEx interview companies at Printed Electronics World USA to find out more.