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Franco Gonzales of IDTechEx interviews Bert Holtappels of TankTwo about their battery packs for electric cars at the IDTechEx Show! In Berlin. TankTwo’s system is comprised of multiple individual intelligent cells made from same material as traditional batteries – in this case, lithium ion. Each cell contains a chip which allows the cells to be connected to another. Their elliptical shapes allows cells to touch multiple cells throughout the pack, providing multiple connections per cell. The routing algorithms update every 12 seconds, monitoring the output of cells, and providing the ability for weaker cells to be paired with stronger cells, giving a more efficient system.
TankTwo is a battery technology startup, founded in 2012. It has the specific mission to drastically improve EV battery performance by applying established principles from other industries. Most inspiration comes from 2G, 3G and 4G mobile networks, internet routing protocols, and consumer electronics industries. We follow a strongly data-driven method for making batteries perform significantly more work.
Mike O’Reilly, Director of Aerosol Jet Product Management of Optomec shows their printed techology at the IDTechEx Show! In Berlin. Optomec shows printing on low temperature substrates and their LENS technology for prototyping parts using metals. LENS allows customers to create and repair metal parts easily and to create next generation alloys. Optomec allows for printing in both 3D and 2D across a variety of substrates, ranging in size from microcons to centimeters.
Optomec is a privately-held, rapidly growing supplier of Additive Manufacturing systems. Optomec’s patented Aerosol Jet Systems for printed electronics and LENS 3D Printers for metal components are used by industry to reduce product cost and improve performance. Together, these unique printing solutions work with the broadest spectrum of functional materials, ranging from electronic inks to structural metals and even biological matter. Optomec has more than 200 marquee customers around the world, targeting production applications in the Electronics, Energy, Life Sciences and Aerospace industries.
Nicolas Bernadrin, Deputy Managing Director of Ceradrop presents their equipment for printed electronics and 3D printing at the IDTechEx Show! In Berlin.
CERADROP designs and markets Materials Deposition Digital Printers exclusively for Printed Electronics Industry and Smart 3D Printing. Thanks to its modular-based scalable concept, CeraPrinter Series models present new opportunities for feasibility study and launch of new products into the Printed Electronics market. Combining several materials deposition technologies as well as the latest generation of curing modules, this equipment line permits to reach a wide range of application fields such as: membrane switch, antennas, sensors, passive components, interconnection, flexible solar cells (OPV), OLED Displays and others.
EMD, shows their extremely small IoT node run from an energy harvesting solar cell, which won the CISCO Big Award. EMD works on vibrational and thermo electric as well as solar energy harvesting cells.
EMD is a privately owned Research and Engineering company founded in 2010. Their experienced staff and associates have a spectrum of skills and knowledge combined with that all-essential pioneering and innovative spirit.
Varta shows off their new microbatteries, including lithium-ion rechargeable coin cells for higher energy densities for wearables, IoT and other applications. Varta also shows their Powercaps for server backups, energy harvesting and other applications that require a large amount of power over a short timeframe. They are also working on printed batteries, and the next generation of lithium-ion batteries.
VARTA AG is a German company manufacturing batteries for global automotive, industrial, and consumer markets.
Stan Farnsworth of Novacentrix discusses the PulseForge 1200 and its accessories, including the EX1 Controlled Environment for photonic curing at the IDTechEx Show! in Berlin. Novacentrix also shows their roll to roll print and curing systems, which can be used for a range of printed electronics applications, including wearables.
NovaCentrix offers industry leading photonic curing tools, material and expertise enabling development and production of next generation printed electronic devices – some already on the market. PulseForge® tools utilize photonic curing which is a cutting edge technology that dries, sinters, and anneals functional inks in milliseconds on low-temperature, flexible substrates such as paper and plastic. PulseForge tools can save time and money, and enable new types of products in applications like solar, RFID, display, packaging, and circuit.
Meeting the demand to power 15billion + sensors in the IoT
Self-charging using photo voltaic, piezo electric or thermo electric energy harvesters
No cabling or maintenance
4 x longer lifespan than conventional lithium ion batteries
40% improvement in energy density (compared with alternative solid state battery technology)
Increased temperature range: up to 100 degrees C plus (30% higher than existing products)
No free lithium - non-flammable
DuPont Advanced Materials (DuPont) launches a new electronic ink for inkjet printing that offers the high conductivity and strong adhesion required for rapid digital design, prototyping and full-scale manufacturing. The technology will enable digital printing for electronic components and circuits in applications where extremely fine lines are required, such as OLED panels, solar cells, printed antennae and touch panels.
DuPont’s newest conductive ink, PE410, enables rapid prototyping and a smooth transition from “lab to fab” with the versatility to scale up to industrial high-volume inkjet print heads and machines. This allows circuit designers to immediately test a new design, quickly make necessary edits, and, due to reduced silver laydown, save on material costs. The technology also can be adapted to non-planar printing, enabling a series of new and emerging applications.
Stretchable inks for wearable electronics that provide a manufacturing-ready alternative to traditional methods of embedding electronics in clothing and are used to create thin, form-fitting circuits that can be seamlessly bonded with many standard fabrics.
A suite of in-mold electronic inks which help create lighter, less expensive and more beautiful electronic devices by reducing the need for rigid circuit boards. These inks enable circuits to be printed directly onto plastic substrates and allow electronic features such as electronic controls, capacitive switches and LED lighting, to be readily integrated in applications such as home appliances and automobiles.
New low-temperature inks that cure quickly at temperatures as low as 60C, opening up the possibility for printed electronics designers to use a wide range of functional and low-cost plastic films.
Heidi Dohse, Senior Program Manager at Google Cloud Platform, discusses the Internet of Me at the IDTechEx Show! in Berlin. Google is looking at ways to build platforms that enable technology developers to standardize data collection, particularly with healthcare, to allow personal self-monitoring through wearables to be translated to healthcare professionals. Google has built a comprehensive Cloud platform with a focus on best-of- breed performance, scale and flexibility. Their Cloud services are designed to allow developers large and small to create a wide range of amazing applications with easy to use tools that harness the immense global power of Google’s infrastructure.