At Palladium Energy, we’ve been making our way around the United States to deliver thought leadership around battery pack innovation. These events entitled, “Collaboration and Innovation in Building a Battery Powered System,” started in the Northeast in May 2012, and we just completed a West Coast version in San Jose last week. These seminars feature our key supply partners from a cell, chip/fuel gauge and charger perspective.
Our West Coast seminar, attended by the largest data storage, energy storage and smart grid original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) was a big success. We hosted the event in an awesome venue, Club Auto Sport, which houses super-cool automobiles—from an old-school Cadillac El Dorado convertible to the latest Ferrari, Lotus, Porsche and even a battery-powered Tesla! Attendees were not only surrounded by these cool cars, but they enjoyed lunch and a cocktail reception. Most importantly, attendees learned about the following from battery pack experts:
Palladium Energy: Reviewed the latest technology trends for lithium-based cells, as well as design engineering tips and tricks to get the best performance out of your pack. Discussed agency approvals and certifications through our company’s IQ Laboratories—including an update on Class 9 air freight regulations forthcoming 1/1/13.
- Sony: Reviewed the company’s latest cell technology roadmaps including LFP, power cylindrical cells and polymer cells with hybrid gel technology for high safety, longer cycle life, higher energy density, bigger footprint and quicker charge.
- Texas Instruments: Reviewed fuel gauge, cell balancing and new wireless power solutions for battery packs.
- Energy Access: Ended the seminar with an entertaining presentation about battery pack charging basics—with several scenarios and “how to’s” when charging one of the most volatile metals on the Periodic Table—lithium-ion— as well as design do’s and don’ts.
We are planning more Technical Seminars in 2013—including one in the Southeast. Stay tuned for more details as we look to keep you a solution ahead by delivering the latest and greatest technical information to power your device/application.