When is the right time to switch to electronic ballasts?
The electronic ballasting (EBI) market has grown from less than $500 million in 2007 to more than $1 billion in 2015, and there are currently more than 30 companies competing to build and sell EBIs.
The demand is expected to grow substantially over the next two decades.
Electronic ballasts are batteries that convert AC electricity into a voltage-controlled current.
In 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimated that approximately $1.5 trillion in electricity generated annually could be used for EBI purposes.
EBI systems can reduce peak power demand and improve cooling.
However, the batteries themselves have limited range, so they are often not compatible with modern electronics.
The U.K. company, EnvironTech, is leading the charge in EBI design, building batteries from materials such as lithium-ion, lithium-polymer and nickel-metal hydride.
Environ Tech is also developing and commercializing a variety of other types of EBI batteries.
The company has developed a battery that can charge its lithium-air batteries in a matter of minutes, which will be available for consumers as soon as 2018.
Envisit and Power Systems are also working on the same battery, which they call the “Smart Battery.”
The battery has a range of between 300 and 500 kilometers, which is about 30 times the range of the battery used by the electric car market.
The battery’s primary application is in electric vehicles.
The battery technology will enable electric vehicles to drive themselves at high speeds and provide more energy per mile than gasoline-powered vehicles, said Richard Brown, director of electric vehicle strategy at Envisity, which recently won a $3 billion contract to develop EBI technologies.
Brown said that the technology could make electric vehicles more fuel efficient, which has an important impact on the global economy.
Brown noted that the EBI will help with fuel efficiency in the U, U.P., U.Y. and U.Z.
The technology could also be used in the transportation sector, Brown said, adding that the battery technology could be useful in other types.
“This is the ultimate battery, it has the ability to charge the battery and it will do so over a long period of time,” Brown said.
“It will give you the ability for the vehicle to run in excess of 100 miles per charge.
That’s where it really matters.”
The new battery also has an advanced thermal management system that reduces the battery’s thermal expansion and expansion-rate effects, and Brown said that it also has a high energy density, which means that the batteries can be built more efficiently.
The batteries’ price is expected at least $100 per kilogram of weight, with the Ebi batteries expected to have a range up to 300 kilometers.
Envisit is expected in late 2019 to begin selling the batteries.
Envirotech, which builds and markets lithium-iron phosphate (Li-Pb), said it will have more information about the new technology on its website.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has also identified Li-Pbi as an energy-efficient fuel for electric vehicles, with a range between 250 and 400 kilometers.
Other EBI battery manufacturers include Envisite, Elegant Technologies, GreenPower Technologies, Lithium Technology, and SolarPower Technologies.