There has been lots of discussion of how manufacturing is becoming a thing of the past in the United States. Well, we were happy to read in this New York Times article “Does America Need Manufacturing” that there is a shift happening in area of advanced battery technology to help make advancements in clean energy technology.   Not only has the government been providing stimulus money to help drive these efforts, but it’s also promising to help job creation in this tough economy.  Clean energy technology is one of our megatrends that we track, and are actively working on developing new products in this area.

The article notes:

In 2009, the U.S. made less than 2 percent of the world’s lithium-ion batteries. By 2015, the Department of Energy projects that, thanks mostly to the government’s recent largess, the United States will have the capacity to produce 40 percent of them. Whichever country figures out how to lead in the production of lithium-ion batteries will be well positioned to capture “a large piece of the world’s future economic prosperity,” says Arun Majumdar, the head of the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The batteries, he stressed, are essential to the future of the global-transportation business and to a variety of clean-energy industries.

This is good news, we hope the trend continues in this direction.  We are doing our part in advancing this technology.  We recently launched our RO-LINX® PowerCircuit™ Busbars that enable the effective distribution of high voltages and large currents in power electronic modules for HEVs and EVs, while minimizing physical and thermal constraints. On another side, we are working to create more effective lithium ion battery pack assemblies and enclosures using silicone and urethane foams to protect this sensitive technology from harsh environments, improve durability and help extend battery life and capacity which is a huge issue when it comes to all types of EVs.

One thing is for certain, this is a rapidly moving technology that is evolving very quickly. Lithium ion batteries are where it’s at today, but we anticipate there are more advanced battery technologies that are in development now that could become a game changer in clean technology. At Rogers, we’ll continue to be committed to staying on top of clean technology trends and will be developing new products to help respond and meet consumer demands for even better HEV and EV solutions.

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