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Calling all NEMA lithium-ion battery manufacturers

Now is the time for NEMA members in the lithium-ion battery industry to get involved in IEC nano standards work. Balloting of a new work proposal in IEC TC 113 is underway for electrochemical characterization of cathode nanomaterials for lithium-ion batteries. It’s crucial that US industry get involved now, through the IEC TC 113 US Technical Advisory Group.

The future of renewable energy significantly depends on the development of efficient systems for energy storage and lithium-ion batteries are a promising technology to meet this need, with electrodes made from nanoscale composites playing a key role. As product innovations are introduced and optimized, a large number of different materials will need to be tested, and characterization of the electrochemical properties of cathode nanomaterials used in lithium-ion batteries is vital for their customized development.

If US industry chooses not to come to the table, then other countries and other regions around the world will be calling the shots on how international standards will govern cathode nanomaterial testing.

Posted 12-02-2011 1:23 PM by Leibowitz, Mike


Metin wrote re: Calling all NEMA lithium-ion battery manufacturers
on 03-29-2014 12:47 PM

As an electrical egenneir, I love electric cars but I don't think it's the right answer.   It may become part of the answer in the long run but I am against the mass promotion of electric or fuel cell vehicles.Think of it this way, the concept of using electric vehicles is to generate energy centrally from clean sources and to store the energy chemically for use in vehicles for transportation.   The concept of using a hydrogen fuel cell car is to generate energy centrally from clean sources and to store the energy chemically for use in vehicles for transportation.   The current concept of gasoline cars is to refine chemically stored energy collected by nature over millions of years and to use this chemically stored energy in vehicles for transportation.   The only difference is that we are just finding the fossil fuels instead of making them.It's a bit counter-intuitive for most people but hydrocarbon fuels such as gasoline and diesel are no different than hydrogen and batteries except that gasoline and diesel have much higher volumetric energy densities and we already have the infrastructure and vehicles to use them.   Also, just as we can make hydrogen from H2O, we can make gasoline from CO2 and H2O.   Sandia National Labs has done this, they were researching more efficient ways to produce hydrogen from H2O and concluded that it made more sense to continue the process and synthesize liquid hydrocarbon fuels for use in existing infrastructure and vehicles.There's already 1 billion gas and diesel powered vehicles out there.   If we wanted to benefit the environment, we would be simply changing how we make gasoline and diesel such that they become sustainable and perhaps even carbon negative.   Promoting electric and fuel cell vehicles are just a matter of increasing consumerism so that manufacturers can sustain a growth rate that's higher than what's justified by population growth and end of life replacement alone.   Indeed an artificially inflated economic growth rate has been sustained via designed obsolescence such as model years, and tail fins.   There's probably more of an economic boost from electric and hydrogen vehicles but this is at the cost of increased consumerism and hence increased environmental impact.Hopefully there will be more electric vehicles in the future but there's no need to switch en masse to them.   We already have a very good battery called gasoline and diesel, we just need to produce them from clean energy sources instead of drilling for them.

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