Talking Advances in Battery Recycling at Conference Driving Vehicle Electrification

  Photo by Possessed Photography on Unsplash As automakers and governments around the world grow increasingly optimistic about vehicle electrification, technological development needs to keep up. While manufacturers make efforts globally to enhance battery performance and durability, sustainability in the battery supply chain is also a focus area. Annually, industry professionals gather to discuss the underlying technical and business issues impacting the pace and path of vehicle…


Beat the Odds in Engineering with Data Collection and Analysis

  Photo by Free Walking Tour Salzburg on Unsplash   I am not much of a gambler. I may sometimes participate in Fantasy Football, but you’re unlikely to find me placing big bets in Vegas. Still, that doesn’t stop me from being interested in a Business Week article entitled The Gambler Who Beat Roulette. Kit Chellel’s article is an entertaining read combining engineering, data collection and analysis, international intrigue, training of the mind and, of course, the roulette wheel. As…


Selecting Dryer Technologies for Battery Materials

  Photo by Saif71.com on Unsplash The battery materials market must produce dried powder for lithium ion battery (LIB) manufacturing. In a recent column in Chemical Processing, Barry on Batteries, I discussed dryer testing and selection. In short, there are many options to consider. Make your decision of dryer technologies for battery materials based upon lab and pilot testing. Robust data collection, drying curves and heat balances can help you land on the optimum design for battery…


Baseball innovations: Benefits for Players & Fans      

Photo by Jose Francisco Morales on Unsplash Innovation is a big buzzword, but I am particularly interested in the advantages it brings. Regular readers of my blog know I enjoy learning about innovative approaches across industries almost as much as I love Major League Baseball (MLB). This article combines the two in a discussion of baseball innovations and their impact on the game.  On a recent trip to California for my lithium clients, I had the opportunity to attend baseball games in San…


Reflections from NAATBatt's Battery Industry Workshop

Photo by Headway on Unsplash Over the past 15 years, NAATBatt has grown from a suggestion by then-Senator Barack Obama to support the battery industry. Today, NAATBatt is an international organization promoting "the development and commercialization of electrochemical energy storage technology and the revitalization of advanced battery manufacturing in North America." This August, I attended the sixth annual NAATBatt Workshop in Indianapolis bringing battery industry and supply chain…