Battery technology is continuing to evolve as industries are introducing new applications for batteries at a rapid rate. Applications such as transportation, renewable energy, energy storage, power-load balancing, and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) are creating a demand for product development and scale. Manufacturers are challenged by regulatory and market demands to certify their products are safe, reliable, efficient and durable for these market.
Clark Testing supports battery manufacturers providing chemical analysis of the key internal element or chemistries of battery cells. Clark’s mechanical lab provides seismic, vibration, thermal & EMC testing services on battery systems. We are a comprehensive test and validation resource for battery manufacturers and system integrators.
Reachable batteries are critical in today’s economy providing safe, clean and reliable energy for industrial and commercial applications.
Lead–acid: Lead acid is durable and economically priced. Lead-acid batteries are limited in energy distribution and endurance. Commonly found in commercial applications such as wheelchairs, golf carts, cargo carriers and UPS Systems. Lead-acid has environmental concerns due to its toxins.
Nickel NiCd: Nickel metal hydride: NiCd is preferred as one of the fast charging technology due to the internal chemistries. NiCd is rugged and offers power endurance. NiCd are included in both industrial and commercial applications such as medical devices, power tools, aviation and UPS systems. Like Lead-acid, NiCd has environmental concerns and is being replaced with other chemistries.
Lithium-ion: Li-ion polymer: Li-ion technology delivers a high cycle count and low maintenance cost per cycle. Li-ion is replacing applications that were previously served by lead and nickel-based batteries. Li-ion has certain hazards, due to safety concerns, Li-ion requires a protection circuit.
Nickel-metal-hydride NiMH: Based on its chemistries and low toxins, serves as a replacement for NiCd as it has only mild toxic metals and provides higher specific energy. NiMH is used for medical instruments, hybrid cars and industrial applications. NiMH is also available in common household A, AA and AAA cells for consumer use.
- Potassium Hydroxide
- Nickel Hydroxide
- Misch Metal
- Lithium Hydroxide
Safety and reliability are critical concerns for all applications of battery technologies. Industrial applications such as renewable energy, electric vehicles (EV), rail, marine and aerospace depend on the safety, durability and endurances of its batteries. Consumer goods are also sensitive to these dynamics as people add batteries to their households on a daily basis.
Clark Testing works with battery manufacturers to support the research and development of battery technology and the chemistries of battery cell materials. Clark Testing’s battery testing services provide R and D support to battery manufactures for analysis of material compounds and blends. Our analytical testing of battery cells include the analysis of the battery chemistries which are typically performed with XRF, XRD, ICP
Clark has extensive capability to provide battery manufacturers and system integrators with certification services for seismic, vibration, environmental and EMC testing services. Common qualification specifications for this testing are:
- UN Dot 38.3
Clark provides this quality testing to the commercial, military, and nuclear markets along with shock, thermal, altitude, humidity, crush, and cyclical aging on batteries and UPS systems.