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This is the Portals Section of the Batteries Digest Newsletterfor June 1999

Alkaline
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Duracell adds life to alkaline cells.
The "Ultra line" of AA and AAA performance has increased 20% over batteries introduced just a year ago. Increases are due to proprietary separator material, enhanced cathode design and a high-power anode composition.
Electronic Engineering Times, pp. 97-108, March 22, 1999
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ELECTRIC VEHICLE
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The Changing World of Industrial and Recreational Electric Vehicles

Observations are given from the first conference on "The Changing World of Industrial and Recreation Electric Vehicles," sponsored by the Electric Power Research Institute.
Battery Power Products & Technology, pp. 16-17, April 1999
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The World's Four Largest Automakers Go Green. The Car Connection drives the hybrids and provides on-line reports.
Analysis of alternative and hybrid vehicle announcements are updated every Monday morning. This site has news and often-controversial reviews.
PR Newswire.
www.TheCarConnection.com

CHARGING
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How Smart Should a Battery Be?&The Importance of Accuracy
`Smart batteries vary significantly in their intelligence:'
Battery Power Products & Technology, pp. 14-15,20 & 22, May 1999
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ELECTRONICS
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Backup controllers charge bridge batteries in notebook
Maxim Engineering Journal, p. 21, Volume thirty-four
www.maxim-ic.com
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# ICs drive 2A GSM transmit burst while drawing 6-times lower battery current.
Maxim Engineering Journal, p. 19, Volume thirty-four
www.maxim-ic.com
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Apple Delivers Improved PowerBooks
"New models are lighter, 20% thinner, and offer longer battery life."Space is available for two Lithium-ion batteries, each capable of running the notebook for 5 hours. Total operating times can then be 10 hours.
Information Week, p. 109, May 17, `99
www.informationweek.com

HYBRID VEHICLE
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Hybrid CR Makes its Mark

Combining Nickel-metal-hydride batteries and a Ford V8, "Sparky" came in 12th at the Petit Le Mans.
R& D Magazine, p. 75, April 1999
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LASER & RESISTANCE WELDING
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Lead-acid
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Internal Temperature of Automotive Batteries
The sample size in this report is only 1, but it is real data in a real environment for use in future design and test. A year's experience in Chicago area driving showed _20 to +72 oC. (-4 oF. to +169 oF.) case and internal temperatures.
The Battery Man, pp. 22-30, May 1999 Tel: 727-586-1408
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The three steps to VRLA enlightenment

An explanation is given as to why VRLA cells fail but with a proposed solution of a catalytic head space to internally recover hydrogen & oxygen to eliminate dry out. This is a copy of the presentation made at the October 1998 Intelec Conference.
Batteries International,pp. 35-44, Apr.'99
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Lithium
Lithium - why theJapaneese don't have all the answers.
Batteries International, pp.29-32, October, 1998
* www.BatteriesDigest.com

Lithium-ion SAFETY
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Innovative Advances in Redundant Safety for Lithium-ion Batteries.
"While battery technology has improved, it has not adequately addressed the thermal runaway that can result from regular use, misuse and abuse of high energy density Lithium-ion cells&" (For a Therm-O-Disk shape memory alloy battery protector, a typical Cpk of 1.9 means that less than 1 part per million will fall outside the specification limits.)
Battery Power Products & Technology, p.10, April 1999
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Passenger Electronic Device Assn.
A website devoted to information and dialog primarily regarding the use of notebook computers on aircraft and the relative safety of in seat power supply systems with Lithium-ion powered notebooks.
www.passenger.org

MEETINGS
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The Business Case for FUEL Cells. Opportunities, Applications, Investment and Return

July 15-16, 1999
Boston, MA
Tel: 1-800-817-860

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BCI environmental & Occupational Safety & Health Conference

July 26-27
Arlington VA.
Phone: 312-644-6610

Nickel-Metal-hydride
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Research & development of hydrogen-storage alloy and Nickel-metal-hydride batteries in China
Forum on Rare Earth Technology and Trade, pp. 78-83
ref: Elements, "Rare Earths, Specialty Metals and Applied Technology", p. 13, April 1999

SOLAR
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Improved solar cell efficiency
DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory discusses how improved copper indium gallium diselenide thin film solar cell increases efficieny to 18.8%.
Research and Development, p.7,April' 99
www.rdmag.com
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Solar Heating of Batteries in Cold Environments

Heat that would otherwise be rejected would keep batteries at operating temperatures.
NASA Tech Briefs, pp. 26-28, April 1999
www.nasatech.com

SPACE
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Congress Rips SBIRS Cutbacks

The Air Force decision to slip the Space-Based Infrared System missile warning program has drawn intense criticism from Congress and fuels the argument for a separate U.S. Space Force to compete for scarce DOD resources.
Aviation Week & Space Technology, pp. 36-37, March 29, 1999
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HST Emergency Mission Set

"The second servicing mission will replace Hubbell's flexible solar arrays with rigid arrays&."
Aviation Week & Space Technology, p.31, March 15, 1999
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THERMAL BATTERIES
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Thermal Batteries Made with Nanostructured Material.
Power densities can be inceased by use of finer-grind cathode powder.
NASA Tech Briefs, pp28-29, April 1999
www.nasatech.com

UPS
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Key Factors for Maintaining Battery Performance

To guarantee that a facility's backup battery power system will operate as designed, routine maintenance should also include procedures to examine external factors to the battery system.
Power Quality Assurance, pp. 30-37, March/April 1999
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New Motor Technology Eliminates Batteries at Unmanned Communication Stations

The system is commercially viable to replace batteries in telecommunication sites and utility substations with substantial cost savings and power quality. A high inertia rotor doubles as a flywheel to provide 6-60 second backups.
Power Quality Assurance, pp. 64-69, March/April, 1999
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WORLD TRADE
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China Critic Condemns `Overzealous' Export Controls

House of Representative claims the U.S. State Department has overreacted to concerns about technology transfer to China.
Aviation Week & Space Technology, p.36, March 29, 1999
 
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