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Power Electronics

ENGIE signed in Shanghai an agreement for a 30% equity investment through capital increase in UNISUN, a solar photovoltaic (PV) company.Since 2014, UNISUN has successfully developed around 500 MW PV projects, showing strong technical capacity.

During COP21, China pledged to peak its carbon emissions in 2030 or earlier; the country shall subsequently increase the share of non-fossil energy from 13% to 20% in its energy mix by then.

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Suzuki, Toshiba and Denso have reached basic agreement on establishing a joint venture company for production of automotive lithium-ion battery packs in India, and signed the agreement.

In India, higher attention is being paid to environment, and new CO2 standards for automobiles is planned to be introduced. In the Indian automotive market where compact cars are the mainstream models, introduction of sustainable technology suitable for such affordable cars is required.

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Elcora Advanced Materials is pleased to announce that the Company is building a state-of-the-art Lithium Ion (“Li-ion”) battery research and development laboratory Halifax, Nova Scotia. The lab will focus on quality control and develop Elcora’s graphite anode powder for Li-ion batteries.

Graphite powder will be routinely tested using industry standard cells to ensure the coulombic efficiency, reversible capacity, first-cycle loss and rate capabilities of the product are within Elcora’s specifications. These traceable results will give customers confidence in Elcora’s materials and their reliable performance.

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General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced that it has been awarded a contract to provide its Lithium-ion Fault Tolerant (LiFT) battery system for the Semi-Autonomous Hydrographic Reconnaissance Vehicle (SAHRV), a small, portable underwater vehicle (UUV). GA-EMS is part of a team working with the Department of Defense to design, fabricate, deliver, and conduct at-sea testing of the LiFT battery system for use on the SAHRV platform. The SAHRV UUV is intended for shallow water surveillance to scan, detect and identify mines and other obstacles.

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“In 2016, the MOSFET market recovered, after a minor downturn in 2015”, announces Yole Développement (Yole) in its latest power electronics report, Power MOSFET: Market & Technology Trends. With stable growth, mainly in automotive and industrial sales in 2016 the overall silicon power MOSFET market size surpassed 2014’s performance.

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To meet the high demand for custom battery packs, Epec has recently expanded its New Bedford Massachusetts facility by more than doubling the battery pack assembly space. Construction highlights include a brand new electrostatic discharge (ESD) floor throughout the entire area (old and new) and "green" LED lighting fixtures with a 50-year life expectancy.

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