BD/Batteries/Nickel-metal hydride World News and Portals
Rayovac develops new rechargeable technology, the I-C3 technologyTM (In-cell Charge Control). The patent-pending I-C3 puts the control of recharging into the battery instead of the charger. Rayovac states that the new I-C3 Nickel-metal hydride AA size batteries in digital cameras will deliver up to four times more shots than an Alkaline battery and more than any comparable size Lithium-ion battery, based on current American Standards Institute (ANSI) battery tests. In devices such as power tools and emerging technologies (i.e. escooters), this new battery system is projected to last 20 percent longer than any current rechargeable battery. With this technology, charging time should be only 15 minutes or less.
Rayovac is currently evaluating options for strategic partnerships with major OEMs. Retail products are expected to be introduced by mid-to-late 2003. Rayovac hopes to capture a greater share of the $5 billion rechargeable battery industry. Currently, Rayovac is the number one selling rechargeable brand in the U.S. with a 75 percent marketshare, according to data from A.C. Nielsen, which monitors battery sales in food, drug and discount stores.
Rayovac also has a goal to increase its presence in the European market. In late March, David Jones, chairman and chief executive officer, said to analysts and investors, In Europe we have a small business that is growing significantly. Its very profitable, but it only has 4 percent market share. He continued to say that Rayovac will need a 15 percent European market share. Mr. Jones also predicted that in the next three to five years, Rayovac, Energizer Holdings, Inc., Panasonic and Gillettes Duracell unit would be the only four makers of batteries for consumers.
Energy Conversion Devices (ECD), Inc. receives U.S. DOE funding to advance their technologies in Russia. The $750,000 cost-shared grant was awarded to Sovlux Battery, ECDs U.S.-Russian joint venture with Chepetsky Mechanical Plant in Glazov, Russia and the Russian Ministry of Atomic Energy (Minatom) for further development of ECDs metal hydride technology to provide clean energy for the Russian market. (03-02 BD72-9)
Saft builds Nickel-metal hydride batteries for the self-balancing motorized scooter. (02-01,BD 70-9)
The two-wheeled scooter uses arrays of gyroscopes and computers to mimic the human bodys sense of balance. Invented by Dean Kamen in his research firm, DEKA Research and Development Corp., the new revolutionary scooter is being marketed by Segway LLC. Segway has chosen to name this mobile machine, the Segway Human Transporter. Two types of Segways are currently being tested; one is an industrial model which has the ability to carry cargo, and the other is a people mover for dense pedestrian environments.
Saft Launches High Capacity D-Cell Battery (02-01,BD70-13)
Saft is selling a D-cell rated at 8500 mAh, considered the largest capacity for a D cell on the market today. Energy density is 66 Wh/kg. Intended markets are in pro-video, lighting products, home appliances, and medical areas. The high power capacity makes it suitable for electric bikes, scooters, power tools, lawn tools and R/C models.