5 Lessons From the Battery Fire InvestigationsFeatured GTM
It’s been over a year since the McMicken battery facility in Surprise, Arizona began to smoke and eventually exploded. We’ve learned a lot since then. I spent the last several weeks digging through a series of investigations, tracing what happened, why safety systems failed, how designs should change and what approaches can better protect firefighters. (You can read those analyses here, here and here.)
Result from UL testing ‘proves’ innovative battery platform can stop thermal runaway propagationFeatured Energy Storage News
Cadenza, founded by Onnerud in 2012, has developed a battery architecture and manufacturing platform that aims to cost-effectively eliminate one of the biggest issues facing the grid storage industry today. As seen in fires at energy storage system (ESS) facilities in South Korea, China and in Arizona, one cell catching fire can cause enormous damage as fire propagation causes it to cascade from cell to cell. The company announced yesterday that its battery cells have been proven to stop propagation when thermal runaway is induced, having earned UL9540A certification. Under that testing, battery cells are “artificially” made to burn.
8 Steps Towards a Sustainable Economic RecoveryFeatured World Economic Forum
There has been much discussion over the past few years about the ‘energy transition’. The underlying premise is that the transition to lower and zero-carbon energy sources should be accelerated to mitigate the impact of global warming. The current pandemic is shining additional light on global inter-connectivity and the need to collaborate and share best practices.
Listen: Battery technology to play an important part of broader energy transitionFeatured S&P Global Platts
Battery technology for electric vehicles and energy storage will play an important part of the broader energy transition. Key topics include understanding cost trends and competitiveness of these technologies and challenges ahead for alternative storage technologies.
Roman Kramarchuk, head of energy scenarios, policy and technology analytics at S&P Global Platts, talks with Christina Lampe-Onnerud, founder and CEO of Cadenza Innovation.
Choice of lithium iron phosphate not a ‘silver bullet solution’ for safetyEnergy Storage News
Cadenza Innovation has developed a lithium ion ‘Supercell’ architecture that the company claims can prevent a cell that has gone into thermal runaway from propagating and spreading fire into adjoining cells – with the company recently receiving UL 9540 A certification that appears to back up the claim. According to the CEO, that was done using cells with “the highest nickel content,” and the battery design architecture is agnostic to whether LFP or NMC is used. In other words, Lampe Onnerud said, it does not matter which cell type is used, as much as the control strategy for using it safely, but the choice LFP is increasingly being “spun as a silver bullet solution” to the thermal runaway problem.
Wilton battery innovator is core of NY energy storage demoWilton Bulletin
Addressing the global demand for batteries that don’t catch on fire, Wilton-based Cadenza Innovation announced its patented “supercell” lithium-ion battery technology has just achieved compliance with one of the world’s most rigorous safety evaluations, UL9540A.
2020 Best Tech Startups in ConnecticutThe Tech Tribune
“Cadenza Innovation, Inc., based in Connecticut, was founded in 2012 by Dr. Christina Lampe-Onnerud, founder and former CEO of Boston-Power, and one of the pre-eminent battery experts in the world. Christina has once again assembled a world-class team, many of whom had key leadership roles at Boston-Power, with a ground-breaking battery pack architecture and global Tier 1 partners.
Cadenza Innovation (originally named CLOTEAM) is poised to become a world leader in battery architecture, performance and safety, with a mission to solve big problems through innovation in technology.”
Drop the old energy paradigm, says battery pioneerThe Australian Financial Review
Internationally recognised battery pioneer Christina Lampe-Önnerud has called for a complete rethink of the way traditional energy is priced to facilitate a more rapid pathway through the transition to clean energy.
How Battery Technology Will Drive the Future of Clean EnergyThe Mobile Century
As the world considers how to transition to a low carbon energy future, battery technology is increasingly in the spotlight as holding the key to the future of energy production and storage. Industry research firm BloombergNEF forecasts that by 2030 the battery market will be worth $116 billion annually, and that doesn’t include investment in the supply chain. Despite this promise, there remain a number of technical, social and environmental issues which need to be addressed to ensure this full potential is achieved.
SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR ON BATTERIES, BALANCE, AND HOW SHE BUILT A GLOBAL BUSINESS IN CONNECTICUTConnecticut Innovations
As the demand for electric vehicles, consumer electronics, and grid energy storage systems continues to grow, so does the demand for safer, cheaper, high-performing lithium-ion batteries, which power most of these devices. The problem? Lithium-ion batteries are expensive to produce, have a history of exploding—one merely has to Google “Samsung phones exploding on planes” for more on that front—and have less capacity to store energy than do fossil fuels. Dr. Christina Lampe-Önnerud, CEO and founder of Cadenza Innovation, is solving these challenges and more. Her company, in which CI is an investor, has patented a battery architecture that is safer than existing designs, creates greater energy output, and is cheaper to produce. CI caught up with Christina recently to learn more about her company and her experience running a global business right here in Connecticut.
Lampe-Önnerud on the board of lithium producersElektronik Tidningen
The Chairman of the Board describes Christina Lampe-Önnerud as a “respected business leader and researcher in energy storage, with deep expertise in the development of lithium batteries for electric vehicles, energy storage in electricity grids, portable electronics and industrial applications”.
Behold the era of the ‘super battery’Asia Times
China’s BAK and US new energy firm Cadenza to construct a battery production line in the Shenzhen industrial park.