May 19, 1992 |
A little-known battery technology developed by a controversial suburban Detroit firm is expected today to win the first contract awarded by the U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium, a government-industry group working on batteries for electric cars. The $18.5-million development contract to be given Energy Conversion Devices Inc. appears to place the nickel-metal hydride battery at the forefront in the race to become the battery technology of choice for electric cars in the mid-1990s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1988 |
Photovoltaic cells that convert 31% of the energy in sunlight into electricity have been developed by researchers at the Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M. The rate is the highest ever recorded for solar cells and is about 50% higher than the efficiency of commercial solar cells, which are 18% to 20% efficient. The cells were produced by combining gallium arsenide cells produced by Varian Associates Inc. of Palo Alto, and crystalline silicon cells produced at Stanford University.
September 12, 1997 |
Charging an electric vehicle might one day become nearly as easy as filling up at the corner gas station, but it may also be more expensive. That's the gist of an announcement Thursday by Monrovia-based Aerovironment and Ford Motor Co. that they plan to commercialize a fast-charge system that can re-energize a battery pack in 20 minutes or less. It now takes six to eight hours to recharge a nearly depleted battery.
October 5, 2006 |
The massive global recall of batteries made by Sony Corp. widened as Japanese electronics maker Fujitsu Ltd. said it was recalling 287,000 laptop batteries that were at risk of overheating or catching fire. The move brings the number of lithium-ion batteries being replaced worldwide to more than 7 million, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Fujitsu said the recall would affect 224,000 laptops sold outside Japan across 10 models, including the popular Lifebook series.
February 4, 2009 |
Spectrum Brands Inc., the maker of Rayovac batteries and Remington shavers, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The Atlanta company filed for court protection after it missed a $25.8-million interest payment.
December 27, 1998 |
Buying batteries used to be easy--you picked the right size and decided whether you wanted to spend a little extra for the alkaline kind. But those days are quickly fading. A boom in portable gadgets is powering an even larger boom in the battery universe. Today's power cells come in myriad prices, sizes and types. New names like "Ultra," "Advanced Formula" and "Maximum Alkaline" have entered the lexicon.
April 7, 1999 |
Sears, Roebuck & Co., the largest U.S. department store company, agreed to pay $985,000 to settle allegations by the Florida attorney general that it sold used auto batteries from Exide Corp. as new. Sears, without admitting wrongdoing, also agreed to add five months to the free-replacement warranties it offers on Exide batteries it sold before April 1. Sears, based in Hoffman Estates, Ill., said it settled to avoid the time and expense of litigation.
April 15, 1990 |
NASA opened Discovery's payload bay doors Saturday to remove the Hubble Space Telescope's batteries for recharging and to replace a faulty part in preparation for an April 25 launch. Technicians took out a faulty auxiliary power unit responsible for grounding the shuttle last week. A new unit was being installed to be tested today and fired up briefly later this week. "We haven't run into any problem," said Lisa Malone, a spokeswoman for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
December 26, 1987 |
About two-fifths of all household batteries consumed in the United States are sold at Christmastime. At the Toys R Us store in Torrance, for instance, customers have been snapping up plastic-wrapped batteries by the carton to power everything from talking dolls to educational toys, manager Victor Green said. "It's probably about three times as many (as in a normal month.) We sell a lot of things that require 'C' cells and we can't keep them in stock." Such talk ought to bring good cheer to U.S.
November 11, 1997 |
General Motors Corp. will begin using batteries that nearly double the driving range of electric pickups between charges. Utilities in Detroit, Atlanta and Los Angeles will each test an electric pickup that has a nickel-metal hydride battery, GM spokesman Dick Thompson said. The batteries will be installed in the Detroit-based auto maker's electric cars in California and Arizona starting sometime next year, he said. Honda Motor Co.