(February 2007) Laptop Battery Standard Gets a Reboot
As a reaction to the massive recall of Lithium-ion batteries in the summer of 2006, the IEEE is tightening the guidelines for battery design and production. The IEEE P1625 Working Group was organized in November of 2006 to draft and vote on revisions based on lessons learned. One year has been set as the time frame for completion of anew IEEE 1625 Standard for laptop batteries. Meanwhile, standard 1725 covers cell phone batteries and a new P1825 Standard will apply to digital still cameras and camcorder batteries.
Possibly as a result of recent problems encountered in the 802.16/802.20 WiMax Standards development, the IEEE Standards Association is changing the ground rules for the Battery Standards working groups. Instead of giving each committee member one vote, a single vote is allowed for each company represented, reducing the effect of company-based power initiatives and promoting broader technology consensus.
(February 2007) What’s Going On In The IEEE Battery Standards Group?
The IEEE Battery Standards Group includes the Stationary Battery committee (StaBatt.) As the name implies, it focuses on stationary batteries. At present, one standard (535), seven recommended practices and three guides exist. Documents have a five-year review cycle. Topics include coverage for VRLA, vented Lead-acid and Nickel-cadmium.
New projects include Battery Monitoring, Battery Spill Containment and Ventilation, Battery Technician Qualification/ Training, Stationary Portable Batteries (for portable computing) and Battery Cycling and Emerging Technologies.
StaBatt consists of about 60 volunteers and reports to the IEEE Power Engineering Society. There is an urgent need for additional committee members. There are no membership requirements. For more information, visit http://www.ewh.ieee.org/PES-SBC/.