A Palladium Energy Perspective

Read the Palladium Energy Perspective for thought leadership, market trends and other interesting tidbits on the battery industry.

Top 5 Reasons to Work at Palladium

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

We’re looking for highly talented, motivated and dedicated people to fill various positions in engineering, program management, IT and finance at our corporate headquarters in Woodridge, IL .

This made me start to think about why I wanted to grow my career at Palladium Energy.

Over four years ago, based on interaction I had with Palladium through a different company, I was so impressed with the people and growth in the lithium-based battery pack industry that I decided to proactively seek-out job opportunities. At the time, Palladium did not have a formal marketing department. And as the saying goes…timing is everything! They just happened to be looking for a leader to start the first-ever marketing function as they looked to diversify their business mix and grow in key markets. Knowing there would be a ton of opportunity to grow, learn and be challenged with starting and leading a core function, I went after the position they were looking to fill with full-force!

So why work at Palladium? There are five core reasons based on my personal experience and other feedback I received from other Palladium staffers:

1. The People: Work with the best and brightest…in a family-oriented environment. People that care, are passionate and want to make a difference in our industry.

2. Supportive Culture: An environment with great camaraderie, support and plenty of opportunity for fun … all based on our six Core Values—Character, Teamwork, Accountability, Innovation, Results and Customers.

3. Learn & Grow: Batteries are a HOT industry … coined by US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to be as “transformative to economy/modern life as the oil & gas boom”. Lots of room to learn, grow and work on power solutions for mission-critical devices that impact lives!

4. Be Challenged: Work in a challenging environment where there is never a dull moment—lots problems to solve and solutions to offer—no matter what functional area you are in (HR, finance, marketing, engineering, sales, operations, etc.).

5. Access to Senior Leaders: We’re a medium-sized, global company (locations in six different countries!) where everyone has exposure to the senior leaders. That means you’ll never be just an Employee ID number!

I feel as passionate about the people at Palladium and industry today as I did over four years ago. If you’re looking for a family-oriented, supportive work environment with a ton of opportunity to grow, learn and be challenged, contact us today. Be sure to check out the job descriptions for the positions we’re looking to fill now.



 --Rebecca Kritzman, director, marketing & communications

Celebrate Safety this National Battery Day!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Two hundred and sixty nine years ago today, Italian physicist, Alessandro Volta, was born in a small town in Como, Italy.  At the age of 55, Volta invented the first battery, and as a result, today the world celebrates National Battery Day!  Batteries have come a long way since the turn of the 19th century, so on this National Battery Day, lets celebrate the evolution of battery safety, dating all the way back to Mr. Volta himself.

Volta Trough BatteryVolta’s namesake invention, the voltaic pile, was comprised of pairs of copper and zinc discs piled on top of each other.  The discs were separated by a layer of brine-soaked cloth, which served as the electrolyte.  The battery lasted an hour at best and came with several challenges, such as short circuits caused by electrolyte leakage.  Yes, even back in 1800 electrical engineers were challenged by battery performance and safety!  To solve this performance challenge, the voltaic pile was turned sideways and placed in a box, becoming known as the trough battery.

Electrolyte Leakage in Sealed Lead Acid Batteries

Fast forward 60 years when French physicist, Gaston Plante revolutionized battery power by inventing a lead-acid battery that passed reverse current through the system, making it the world’s first rechargeable battery.  Yet, the lead-acid battery also suffered from electrolyte leaks, posing safety risks to end-users. It wasn’t until the 1970’s when sealed lead-acid batteries were developed, using a gel electrolyte instead of liquid to prevent leakage.

In 1899, battery chemistry advanced again when nickel-cadmium batteries were introduced, becoming popular in portable power tools, flashlights, etc.  However, safety and environmental risks associated with disposing cadmium caused researchers to develop nickel-hydrogen and nickel metal-hydride batteries.

In the early 1900’s experimentation began on lithium batteries due to lithium’s impressive electrochemical potential and energy-to-weight ratio.  Early models were based on metallic lithium, which offered high energy density but inherent instability issues.  By the late 1980’s a more stable version of the lithium battery, the lithium-ion battery, was developed and first commercialized by Sony in 1991.

Recent high-profile lithium battery safety incidents have underscored the need for our industry to better understand failure modes, develop better characterization tools, and learn from the improvement of energy storage technology safety.  Most importantly, the commercial market must add safety layers into the balancing, failure forecasting, and detection of catastrophic event precursors in order to maximize the operational safety of cells, module and packs.

At Palladium Energy, we’re proud to be the only custom battery pack manufacturer with an independent, CTIA Authorized testing facility. Located in Shanghai, IQ Laboratories is our mark on battery history – leading the way to safer battery packs with lithium technologies.  We’ve proven that performance testing, environmental testing and R&D can mitigate risks, such as thermal runaway.

We’re enormously proud of our record and our industry – innovating power solutions to meet next-generation needs!  Happy National Battery Day!

 

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- Rebecca Kritzman, director of global marketing

Battery Power: Going Long for Super Bowl XLVIII

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

When John Fox confers with his defensive coordinator, he’ll have portable battery power to thank. And when a referee calls a play, you can count on battery power to hear it over the MetLife Stadium speaker system. And when you use your credit card to buy a hot dog while in the stands, the vendor will rely on the battery power in its data capture device to process your purchase. 

Here at Palladium we aren’t placing bets on The Big Game, but while we’re watching the gridiron showdown, rest assured we’ll have our eyes on all of the portable devices that are battery powered. 

The transmission of communication and storage of data are critical to large-scale sporting events such as Sunday’s football face-off. Everyone from sports journalists to coaches to paramedics to box office agents rely on portable battery power to send, receive and store information.

Moreover, portable devices must meet increasing demand for long-lasting life. That’s why today’s batteries must “go long” in order to survive four grueling quarters on the turf. In addition, since football season lasts five months of the year, the batteries that power the game must be able to perform in a range of environments, climates and temperatures. 

Palladium Energy provides the most reliable battery packs for portable data capture devices for retailers, logistics, and yes, even football fanatics. Palladium has the industry’s only independent and accredited test lab, IQ Laboratories, where we can design, test, and certify each battery pack to the most stringent of industry standards, ensuring that our batteries can make it through over-time. 

--Rebecca Kritzman, director marketing & communications


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