Shedding light on advanced batteries to manage them better

Lithium-ion and other advanced battery chemistries have shown promise over the last decade for driving the world’s clean energy strategy with hybrid/electric vehicles (xEVs), grid storage, and other enabling technologies. Of late though, batteries seem to be in the news more for the wrong reasons, spanning issues such as reliability, range anxiety in electric cars, causing large fleets of aerospace vehicles to be grounded/retrofitted with safety protections, and the occasional fiery field failure. Or, if those issues are somehow avoided, then for simply being too expensive and contributing to weak xEV sales.

A key reason for these issues has been the challenge to probe parameters that directly reflect key physical properties related to the degradation and failure of fielded batteries. … read more

Human Error? No, Bad Design
By Don Norman Editor’s Note:  We look forward to welcoming Don Norman and Patrick Whitney to PARC Forum this Tuesday, July 1. Register today and… read more
Three Ways to Tame Disruption
Disruptive Discourse There’s been a lot of talk this past week in the press about disruptive innovation. What it is and what it isn’t. The… read more