I read a recent article, "Planar Energy Devices Plans to Produce PowerBlade Advanced Battery in U.S.", announcing a breakthrough in lithium-ion battery safety, showing promise in a new generation of battery technology that meets the power output demands of large energy storage systems while at the same time assures safe operation. As exciting as this development might be, international battery and energy storage stakeholders will need the confidence of safety regulators, environmental advocates and the general public if mass commercialization of this technology is to ever take hold. This confidence will grow through the recognition and adoption of IEC standards that have been developed within IEC Subcommittee 21A, Lithium-ion batteries, that verify their operational safety.
The next step for this new technology however, is the development of a method for determining the reliability and durability of the nanoscale-subassembly of the composite separator, which was the key to the safety breakthrough. IEC TC 113, is the forum for this to take place. Standards drive the commercial landscape and whoever drives standards holds the commercial high ground for their products. U.S.-based stakeholders have an opportunity to lead the international nanotechnology community in the development of such a method through the U.S. National Committee Technical Advisory Group to IEC TC 113 (TC 113 TAG). The TAG, led by Technical Advisor Dr. Brent Segal, is responsible for the introduction of U.S-led standardization projects for nano-scale electrical and electronic products and subassemblies.