NGK's Chip-type Ceramic Secondary Battery "EnerCera" Series Wins Award for Best Technical Development within Energy Storage
December 10, 2018
NGK INSULATORS, LTD. (hereinafter “NGK”) based in Nagoya, Japan, announced that its chip-type ceramic secondary battery “EnerCera (R)” series won the award for Best Technical Development within Energy Storage at the IDTechEx Show! 2018, an event hosted by UK-based IDTechEx in Santa Clara, USA, on November 14-15, 2018.
The EnerCera series is a Li-ion secondary battery with a high-energy density and small and thin body that uses NGK’s original Crystal Oriented Ceramic Plate as electrodes. With its high heat resistance, the EnerCera series stands out for its compatibility with high-temperature production processes, such as hot lamination, which is a common forming method for IC cards, and the reflow soldering, which is a standard method for mounting electronic components on circuit boards. The EnerCera series received a highly positive evaluation for its compatibility with high-temperature installation, an essential process for the mass production of devices. This compatibility will enable batteries to be installed in various devices going forward. The EnerCera series was also highly commended as a long-awaited high-performance battery solution that will contribute to the development of smaller and thinner bodies and enhanced productivity for IoT devices, wearable devices and other applications.
Hosted by major UK-based high-tech research firm IDTechEx, the IDTechEx Show! is one of the world’s leading exhibition and conference events on emerging technologies. Every year, the event is held in the USA and Europe, drawing participants from around 60 countries. It features exhibits by more than 270 companies and presentations by more than 250 companies from around the world. At this year’s event in Santa Clara, USA, the exhibition covered eight categories, including Internet of Things Applications, 3D Printing, Sensors, Wearable, and Electric Vehicles. The EnerCera series won the award for the Best Technical Development within Energy Storage. This award is presented to the most outstanding technology and product in the Energy Storage Innovations category, which includes entries on cutting-edge energy storage technologies and devices.
The EnerCera series has two types: “EnerCera Pouch,” the world’s first (*1) Li-ion secondary battery that can be embedded by hot lamination in IC cards, and “EnerCera Coin,” the world’s first (*1) Li-ion secondary battery that can be mounted on a circuit board by the reflow soldering and has a high-discharge current property sufficient to operate devices. The EnerCera series is expected to be adopted for various applications which require high capacity in a small and thin body, such as IoT devices, smart cards, RFID tags, electronic shelf labels (ESLs), and wearable devices. NGK plans to start mass production in April 2019.
(*1) As of “announcement date, 2018,” based on NGK’s research