10-07-2013: NETZSCH INSTRUMENTS NORTH AMERICA, LLC (NETZSCH) is honored to announce that the new Isothermal Battery Calorimeter IBC 284 developed based on National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s technology has been named among this year’s most significant innovations by R&D Magazine. Known in the research and development community as “the Oscars of Innovation”, the R&D 100 Awards provide a mark of excellence known to industry, government, and academia as proof that the product is one of the most innovative ideas of the year.
The need for better performing and safer batteries created a market opportunity for instrumentation designers in battery development. With this in mind, NETZSCH approached the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), a leader in battery calorimetry technology, to develop a better way to detect heat loss in electric-vehicle batteries.
“With forecasts of more than half a million hybrid and electric cars this year – and with manufacturers needing to meet the regulated increased fuel efficiency – we saw a real gap in the marketplace for accurate testing of the larger battery systems” stated Dr. Gilles Widawski, President of NETZSCH Instruments North America, LLC. “The IBC 284 allows auto manufacturers to address safety and efficiency issues long before drivers have to rely on battery packs to get them back home. NREL has been working on battery thermal testing and calorimetry for over 15 years and the R&D Award is a fantastic recognition of their work.”