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News Article | February 15, 2017
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International law firm Greenberg Traurig represented Phacil, Inc. in the sale of the company to its newly formed Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Established in 2001 in Arlington, VA, Phacil, Inc. is one of the country’s leading providers of technology solutions to the federal government. The Greenberg Traurig transaction team for the sale of Phacil, Inc. to the ESOP was led by Shareholders Scott Meza (N. Virginia), Jeffrey S. Kahn, Rebecca G. DiStefano and Brandon G. Feingold (Boca Raton). They were assisted by Shareholders Timothy J. Jessell (N. Virginia) and Michael R. Einig (Miami) and Associate Christopher T. Turek (N. Virginia). The investment banking firm The McLean Group, worked closely with the Greenberg Traurig team and was led by Managing Director Greg Nossaman. Greenberg Traurig provided counsel in the areas of plan design, tax, employee benefits and other matters related to the Company’s ESOP structure. The firm also advised in the areas of corporate and ERISA fiduciary duties. “We are pleased about Phacil’s transition of ownership to our valued employees. The employees win and the continuation of the company is not disrupted. We will continue to work together to deliver our customers the very best customer service,” said Mark Cabrey, Phacil’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “We are grateful for the expertise, counsel and attention to detail that the Greenberg Traurig team brought to our ESOP transaction. Their commitment of their deep resources was integral to the success of our transaction." Scott Meza, who together with Jeffrey S. Kahn, Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig’s ESOP Practice, led Phacil’s legal transaction team, commented, "We were extremely fortunate to have been able to work with Phacil on this transition to employee ownership. Phacil and the other senior management team embraced the use of an ESOP as a way of achieving their goals, and ensuring the well-being of their employees.” Meza further said, "The ESOP was an ideal strategy to best meet these objectives and a perfect fit for Phacil’s existing culture. We have also found that an ESOP is an excellent ownership transition vehicle for companies in the government contractor space.” About Phacil, Inc.: Phacil, Inc. (“Phacil”) is a leading, employee-owned provider of mission-focused, results-driven technology solutions to the Federal Government. Phacil’s diverse range of solutions in Software Services, Systems Engineering, Integration & Operations (SEI&O), Cybersecurity, and Service Desk operations enables its team of over 800 technical professionals to effectively serve customers throughout the U.S. and overseas. Phacil was founded in 2001 as a Delaware Corporation and in late 2016, became an employee-owned company. The company is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia and have a team of over 800 technical professionals to effectively serve customers throughout the U.S. and overseas. For more information on the company, visit http://www.phacil.com About ESOPs: ESOPs are qualified retirement plans that primarily invest in company stock for the benefit of the employees, providing an ownership stake in the company. An ESOP also allows for a better-managed ownership transition, preservation of local jobs, and the maintenance of a company’s legacy in the community. According to the ESOP Association there are approximately 10,000 ESOPs in place in the U.S., covering 10.3 million employees (10 percent of the private sector workforce). In 2016, the ESOP practice of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP received the ESOP Law Firm of the Year award at the 8th annual Americas M&A Atlas Awards in New York City, New York. About Greenberg Traurig, LLP Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GTLaw) has more than 2,000 attorneys in 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and is celebrating its 50th anniversary. A single entity worldwide, GTLaw has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, was named the second largest firm in the U.S. by Law360 in 2016, and among the Top 20 on the 2016 Am Law Global 100. Web: http://www.gtlaw.com Twitter: @GT_Law.


News Article | February 19, 2017
Site: www.greencarcongress.com

« Mobileye completes installation of collision avoidance technology across 4,500 New York City for-hire vehicles | Main | Peugeot launching Partner Tepee Electric at Geneva Motor Show » A new study, led by a team from The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) at the University of York, has found that in 2010, about 2.7 million preterm births globally—or 18% of all pre-term births—were associated with outdoor exposure to fine particulate matter (PM ).The open-access study is published in the journal Environment International. There are many known risk factors for preterm birth—from the mother’s age, to illness, to poverty and other social factors. Recent research has suggested that exposure to air pollution could also be a risk factor. The researchers combined national, population-weighted, annual average ambient PM concentration, preterm birth rate and number of livebirths to calculate the number of PM -associated preterm births in 2010 for 183 countries. Uncertainty was quantified using Monte-Carlo simulations, and analyses were undertaken to investigate the sensitivity of PM -associated preterm birth estimates to assumptions about the shape of the concentration-response function at low and high PM exposures, inclusion of provider-initiated preterm births, and exposure to indoor air pollution. This study highlights that air pollution may not just harm people who are breathing the air directly—it may also seriously affect a baby in its mother’s womb. Preterm births associated with this exposure not only contribute to infant mortality, but can have life-long health effects in survivors. —Chris Malley, a researcher in SEI at York and lead author When a baby is born preterm (at less than 37 weeks of gestation), there is an increased risk of death or long-term physical and neurological disabilities. In 2010, an estimated 14.9 million births were preterm—about 4–5% of the total in some European countries, but up to 15–18% in some African and South Asian countries. The study revealed that while many other health impacts of air pollution have been documented—most notably through the Global Burden of Disease studies—the focus has been mainly on premature deaths from heart disease and respiratory problems. The new study adds an important new consideration in measuring the health burden of air pollution and the benefits of mitigation measures, Malley said. A pregnant woman’s exposure can vary greatly depending on where she lives—in a city in China or India, for instance, she might inhale more than 10 times as much pollution as she would in rural England or France. The study did not quantify the risk in specific locations, but rather used the average ambient PM level in each country, and analyzed the results by region. India alone accounted for about 1 million of the total 2.7 million global estimate, and China for about another 500,000. Western sub-Saharan Africa and the North Africa/Middle East region also had particularly high numbers, with exposures in these regions having a large contribution from desert dust. SEI is working to support more than 20 developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to develop plans to reduce emissions leading to particulate air pollution. It is important to realize that action needs to be taken on all the major sources. In a city, maybe only half the pollution comes from sources within the city itself—the rest will be transported there by the wind from other regions or even other countries. That means that often regional cooperation is needed to solve the problem. —Dr Johan C.I. Kuylenstierna, co-author of the study and SEI’s director of policy The analysis grew out of SEI’s Initiative on Low Emission Development Pathways (LED-P), which includes the development of a “benefits calculator” to help policy-makers and planners assess the potential benefits of undertaking measures that reduce air pollution. This work in LED-P is contributing to the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC), where SEI is working with UNEP and other partners to support more than 20 developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to develop plans to reduce emissions leading to particulate air pollution. Global modelling and satellite data analysis were conducted by Daven Henze, co-author of the study from University of Colorado, Boulder, through his membership on the NASA Air Quality and Applied Sciences Team (AQAST). PM particles include a variety of substances, such as black carbon (soot), sulphates, nitrates and ammonium, as well as dust from soil and from industrial processes such as cement production.


News Article | February 17, 2017
Site: www.greencarcongress.com

« Ace Ethanol to install D3MAX cellulosic ethanol pilot plant; “bolt-on” technology | Main | New ultrafast camera for self-driving vehicles and drones » The Government of Canada is awarding a total of $18.2 million to two companies that have developed innovations with the potential to make cars lighter, more fuel efficient and, in the case of electric cars, better performing due to a longer battery life. Astrex Inc. of Lakeshore will receive a repayable contribution of up to $17 million from the Federal Economic Development Agency’s (FedDev Ontario) Advanced Manufacturing Fund. The investment will enable Astrex, a manufacturer of auto parts, to establish a facility that produces lightweight, high-strength aluminum components. The parts manufactured at this plant will reduce fuel consumption and lower carbon emissions. Astrex is a joint venture between Ontario-based CanArt Aluminum Extrusion Inc. (CanArt), and the Netherlands-based multinational Constellium N.V. (Constellium). CanArt is a privately-held company that produces a wide range of aluminum products and employs 375 people. Constellium is a leading European company that produces aluminum products for the automotive industry, with 22 facilities and 11,000 employees worldwide. Another $1.2 million in a non-repayable contribution will go to GBatteries Energy Canada Inc. of Ottawa. The funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada’s SD Tech Fund, which funds clean-technology projects, will allow the company to develop longer lasting batteries for electric cars. The battery system would also recharge much more quickly than existing ones. In this project, GBatteries will be working with two consortium partners, eCAMION and S&C Electric Canada Ltd., to implement and demonstrate an Active Battery Management System (ActiveBMS), a charging technology for application with electric vehicles. Sustainable Development Technology Canada is providing $1,185,000 towards GBatteries to assist them in implementing and demonstrating the Active Battery Management System (ActiveBMS). This is an innovative technology that will enhance battery life and increase battery charging rates by at least six times over conventional methods. ActiveBMS is designed to stifle lithium-ion battery degradation mechanisms, such as growth of the SEI layer, anode cracking, and temperature growth by continuously adapting bursts of energy during the charging process. This unlocks new functionality within the battery, without altering how the battery is manufactured—only how it’s controlled inside of an electrical device. GBatteries is embarking on a project to demonstrate and implement its innovative technology that will allow a battery to be charged 50% in five minutes and 80% in 10 minutes. The charging speed will be of particular use in electric vehicles, as this technology has the potential to reduce charging times to the time it takes to fill up traditional fuel tanks. This technology has the potential to move electric vehicles into the mainstream of consumer purchasing options.


CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--YieldShares, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amplify ETFs and Sponsor of the YieldShares High Income ETF (NYSEArca:YYY), is proud to announce its flagship fund won the Multi-Asset ETF of the Year award at the 2017 Fund Action ETF Innovation Awards. “Amplify’s YieldShares brand is focused on delivering new income investment strategies to ETF investors. YYY, the first fund in the YieldShares suite, is an index-based strategy that provides access to closed-end funds (CEFs) via the convenience and efficiency of an ETF. It’s an honor to see YYY named Multi-Asset ETF of the Year due to the formidable competition in this ETF segment,” said Christian Magoon, CEO and founder of Amplify ETFs and founder of YieldShares. YYY tracks the ISE High Income™ Index, which is comprised of 30 CEFs ranked highest overall by the ISE in three criteria: fund yield, discount to net asset value, and liquidity. Since its inception in June of 2013, the fund has amassed more than $140 million in assets as of February 17, 2017. The Fund Action ETF Innovation Awards celebrate the innovation shown by managers and service providers working in the ETF industry. The award ceremony was held on February 14, 2017. The full list of award recipients is available here. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Amplify ETFs, the YieldShares ETF brand delivers access to new income investment strategies in ETF format. Founded by ETF industry veteran Christian Magoon, Amplify Investments sponsors and is the co-subadvisor to the YieldShares High Income ETF (NYSEArca:YYY). For more information, please visit http://yieldshares.com. Amplify ETFs are sponsored by Amplify Investments, a registered investment advisor (RIA). Amplify believes the ETF structure empowers investors through efficiency, transparency and flexibility. Using those benefits as a foundation, Amplify seeks to build ETFs powered by investment strategies from index providers and asset managers within unique market segments. The multi-layered approach amplifies opportunities for investors. The firm was founded by Christian Magoon. For more information, please visit http://amplifyetfs.com. Carefully consider the Funds’ investment objectives, risk factors, charges, and expenses before investing. This and additional information can be found in Amplify Funds’ statutory and summary prospectus, which may be obtained by visiting www.yieldshares.com or by calling 855-267-3837, or by visiting AmplifyETFs.com, respectively. Read the prospectus carefully before investing. Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. Because the Fund is a fund of funds, its investment performance largely depends on the investment performance of the Underlying Funds in which it invests. The Fund is subject to the risks associated with the Underlying Funds, including risks related to investments in derivatives, REITs, foreign securities and municipal securities. The underlying holdings may be leveraged, which will expose the holdings to higher volatility and may accelerate losses. Bond prices generally fall as interest rates rise. High yield securities may involve greater levels of credit, liquidity and valuation risk than for higher-rated instruments. Preferred stock is subject to many of the same risks. In addition, preferred stock may not pay a dividend, an issuer may suspend payment of dividends at any time, and in certain situations an issuer may call or redeem its preferred stock or convert it to common stock. International investments may involve risk from unfavorable fluctuations in currency values, differences in generally accepted accounting principles, and from economic or political instability. There is no guarantee that the fund will meet its investment objective. The Fund will pay indirectly a proportional share of the fees and expenses of the Underlying Funds in which it invests, including their investment advisory and administration fees, in addition to its own fees and expenses. In addition, at times certain segments of the market represented by constituent Underlying Funds may be out of favor and underperform other segments. Shares of any ETF are bought and sold at market price (not NAV), may trade at a discount or premium to NAV and are not individually redeemed from the Fund. Brokerage commissions will reduce returns. Exchange Traded Concepts, LLC serves as the investment advisor. Amplify Investments LLC and Vident Investment Advisory LLC serve as sub advisors to the fund. YieldShares High Income ETF is distributed by SEI Investments Distribution Co., which is not affiliated with Exchange Traded Concepts, LLC or any of its affiliates; Quasar Distributors, LLC; or either sub-advisor. Amplify ETFs are distributed by Quasar Distributors, LLC. Quasar is not affiliated with YieldShares ETF.


WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), Ridge Global, and the CERT Division of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University today launched the NACD Cyber-Risk Oversight Program, the world’s first-ever cybersecurity oversight program for corporate directors, which confers the CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight.  The program brings together the professional-development capabilities of NACD, the advocate for the profession of directorship; Ridge Global’s experience as a leading risk advisor to C-suite executives and board leaders; and the deep, cyber-technical expertise of the world-renowned SEI CERT Division to deliver a cyber education and resource program that addresses the specific cyber-risk oversight responsibilities of board members and executives. NACD President and CEO Peter Gleason says, “Companies are being repeatedly targeted by cyber actors from criminal organizations, hacktivists, and even nation-states, but this type of focused cybersecurity instruction has not been made available to board members and C-suite executives until now. “The NACD Cyber-Risk Oversight Program provides critical content focused on the cyber-risk leadership and oversight responsibilities of directors,” said Gleason. “One hundred percent of the content is delivered online, allowing participants to take the course at their pace, at their convenience, and from anywhere.” Participants who successfully complete the NACD Cyber-Risk Oversight Program will earn the CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight, issued by the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. The course includes multiple NACD resources on cyber-risk oversight such as the NACD Director’s Handbook on Cyber-Risk Oversight, the first private-sector resource to be featured on the Department of Homeland Security’s C3 Voluntary Program website. “Carnegie Mellon University’s SEI CERT Division has long advocated that authority for enterprise security should be held at the governance level of organizations—in boards of directors and senior executives,” said Robert F. Behler, deputy director and COO of the SEI. “The NACD Cyber-Risk Oversight Program will help senior leaders understand, achieve, and sustain an organization’s position on cyber risk.” The certificate program is delivered completely online, allowing busy corporate directors and executives to complete the certificate from any location and at their own pace. The robust, multimodule program improves corporate directors’ understanding of cybersecurity risks, details the respective responsibilities of the board and C-suite executives in cyber-risk oversight, and engages participants in a cyber crisis simulation. The course culminates in a comprehensive exam. “In the current litigious and hyper-regulatory environment, board members must be able to demonstrate their commitment to providing competent corporate cyber oversight,” said Gov. Tom Ridge, the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and CEO of Ridge Global. “Earning this credential is a tangible testament to a board member’s commitment to cyber-risk oversight and, more importantly, it enhances the ability of directors to bridge enterprise gaps that may exist between business and IT leaders on cybersecurity.” Visit www.NACDonline.org/CyberCertificate to learn more about and register for the NACD Cyber-Risk Oversight Program for corporate directors. About NACD The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) empowers more than 17,000 directors to lead with confidence in the boardroom. As the recognized authority on leading boardroom practices, NACD helps boards strengthen investor trust and public confidence by ensuring that today’s directors are well-prepared for tomorrow’s challenges. World-class boards join NACD to elevate performance, gain foresight, and instill confidence. Fostering collaboration among directors, investors, and corporate governance stakeholders, NACD has been setting the standard for responsible board leadership for 40 years. To learn more about NACD, visit www.NACDonline.org. To become an NACD member, please contact us at Join@NACDonline.org or 202-572-2089. If you are already a member, contact your NACD Membership Advisor at MembershipAdvisor@NACDonline.org to ensure that you are receiving the best value from your membership. About Ridge Global Ridge Global, the risk management and cybersecurity firm founded by Tom Ridge, the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, helps organizations decrease security risks and improve enterprise resilience. Ridge Global possesses a team of globally recognized experts who offer clients strategic counsel on identifying, preparing for, and mitigating cyber risk. Ridge Global offers leading cyber advisory services and groundbreaking technologies, as well as innovative training and insurance solutions. To learn more, visit www.ridgeglobal.com. About the Software Engineering Institute The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and operated by Carnegie Mellon University. The SEI works with organizations to make measurable improvements in their software engineering capabilities by providing technical leadership to advance the practice of software engineering. For more information, visit the SEI website at www.sei.cmu.edu. The CERT Division of the SEI is the world’s leading trusted authority dedicated to improving the security and resilience of computer systems and networks and a national asset in the field of cybersecurity. For more information, visit www.cert.org.


News Article | February 16, 2017
Site: www.theguardian.com

Air pollution could be a contributing factor in millions of premature births around the world each year, a new report has found. Nearly 15 million babies are born annually before reaching 37 weeks gestation. Premature birth is the leading cause of death among children younger than five years old, and can cause lifelong learning disabilities, visual and hearing problems, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports. Researchers for the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) have concluded that as many as 3.4 million premature births across 183 countries could be associated with fine particulate matter, a common air pollutant, with sub-Saharan Africa, north Africa and south-east Asia most impacted by the issue. “Preterm birth and associated conditions are one of the biggest killers of children in the US and worldwide,” said Dr Paul Jarris, chief medical officer at the March of Dimes, a US-based nonprofit focused on maternal and baby health. “Yet, there’s a lot of things we don’t know about what causes preterm birth, so every bit of information we can get is helpful.” “We have known for a long time that air pollution contributes to asthma and heart disease in adults,” said Jarris. “What I think people fail to recognise is that so many of these risk factors impact babies before they are even born.” Previous studies have looked at how in utero air pollution might negatively impact babies’ birth weight, or the likelihood that they will be born early. SEI’s study, which examined data from 2010, attempted to calculate how those factors might influence the global rate of premature births. “By showing in our study that 18% of preterm births are associated with air pollution, we are quantifying the health impacts of fine particulate matter on babies before they are born,” said Chris Malley, an SEI researcher and lead author on the study. Each year, around one in every 10 babies worldwide are born prematurely, according to the WHO. Africa and south Asia bear a disproportionate burden of premature births, accounting for 60% of all premature births globally. That region also dominated SEI’s report of premature birth associated with air pollution. SEI’s new report provides an estimate of potential birth impacts associated with air pollution, but the authors acknowledged that the study had considerable caveats because of a lack of research in some of the most affected areas. Still, two experts who reviewed the study called estimates “conservative”. A number of factors have been identified in playing a part on premature birth, including poverty, infection, smoking and substance use, physical activity and maternal education. However, even with the report’s limitations, it is still one of the first to argue that reducing air pollution could also be effective in reducing premature births across the world. Because of a lack of research in regions such as south-east Asia and Africa, researchers used studies conducted in the US and Europe to estimate global outdoor air pollution exposure. Indoor cooking fires could play a larger role than the study allows for. “The exposure in Asia, and in part in say, China and India, to outdoor air pollution is significantly higher than outdoor air pollution in the US,” said Malley. “So that’s the other part of the uncertainty, that at these higher levels of exposure we don’t know whether this same relationship holds.” The report focused on one kind of air pollution considered especially harmful to human health: fine particulate matter. This pollution is made up of tiny particles from a variety of emissions, such as diesel emissions and agricultural fires. The particles, smaller than 2.5 micrometres in diameter, are considered harmful because they can lodge deep in the lungs, affecting the pulmonary and cardiovascular systems. Past studies have looked at these factors as ways that air pollution may impact preterm birth and low birth weight in babies. South Asia had the most preterm births associated with particulate matter pollution – as many as 1.6 million associated births. Notably, even though China has a relatively low rate of preterm births, researchers found that as many as 521,000 preterm births could be associated with air pollution because of high concentrations of particulate matter. A similar study conducted in the US found that air pollution had a costly impact on unborn children, estimating that the economic impacts cost $4.33bn in 2010. Researchers said the estimates support their conclusion that “reduction of maternal [air pollution] exposure through emission reduction strategies should be considered alongside mitigation of other risk factors associated with preterm births.” “This is one more reason why we need to be good stewards of the environment,” said Jarris. “The most vulnerable among us – unborn children – are affected, and really in a way that impacts families’ lives for generations.” Guardian Cities is dedicating a week to exploring one of the worst preventable causes of death around the world: air pollution. Explore our coverage here and follow Guardian Cities on Twitter and Facebook to join the discussion


NEEDHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Consortium for IT Software Quality™ (CISQ™), an IT industry leadership group that submits standards for measuring software quality and size, today announced its return to Washington, D.C. as host of its sixth Cyber Resilience Summit, which will take place on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET at the Hyatt Reston Town Center in Reston, Virginia. The Summit will bring federal government agencies, industry leaders and security experts together to cover critical software security and cyber resilience issues. Registration is open to the public and costs $95 USD. Government admission is complimentary using the code CSQVA27. Media should use the code TCVAP17 for complimentary registration. CISQ is hosting this event in cooperation with the Object Management Group® and the IT Acquisition Advisory Council. “ The theme of this spring’s event is Securing Systems inside the Perimeter because securing the network is NOT enough. The most damaging of system failures and security breaches are caused by vulnerabilities lurking inside the network,” said event host Dr. Bill Curtis, CISQ Executive Director. Dr. Curtis will demonstrate the role that cyber resilience standards play in reducing risk and how they can help meet objectives for acquiring, developing and sustaining secure and reliable software-intensive systems. “ With the new Trump administration pressing to secure and modernize legacy systems, this is the seminal event to learn how,” said John Weiler, program chair from the IT Acquisition Advisory Council. Dr. Dale Meyerrose, Major General, U.S. Air Force retired, will deliver the keynote “Software Defined Everything.” Dr. Meyerrose is the first President-appointed, Senate-confirmed chief information officer and information sharing executive for the U.S. intelligence community. Making its third appearance at the Summit is the Titans of Cyber Panel, featuring the following experts who will share their front-line experiences and insights managing cyber risk: Other presentations on the agenda include: “ Cyber Policy Panel: Review the Presidential Executive Order for Cyber Security and IT Modernization Act”, “ Use Case: Putting CISQ Standards into Action at Agile Speed” and “ The Value of Security Benchmarks and Controls.” To view the complete Cyber Resilience Summit agenda and to register, please visit http://it-cisq.org/cyber-resilience-summit-2017/. The Cyber Resilience Summit is a special event, co-located during the OMG® Technical Meeting from March 20-24, 2017 in Reston, Virginia. Attendees who register for the full Technical Meeting week do not have to pay the additional fee to attend the Summit. The Consortium for IT Software Quality™ (CISQ™) is an IT industry leadership group comprised of IT executives from the Global 2000, system integrators, outsourced service providers, and software technology vendors committed to introducing computable metrics standards for measuring software quality and size. Founded by the Object Management Group (OMG®) and the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University, CISQ is a neutral, open forum in which customers and suppliers of IT application software can develop an industry-wide agenda of actions for improving IT application quality and reduce cost and risk. CISQ is sponsored by CAST, Synopsys, Booz Allen Hamilton, Cognizant and Huawei. For more information, visit www.it-cisq.org. Note to editors: For a listing of all OMG trademarks, visit http://www.omg.org/legal/tm_list.htm. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


A team of engineers led by John Goodenough, professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery, has developed a new strategy for a safe, low-cost, all-solid-state rechargeable sodium or lithium battery cell that has the required energy density and cycle life for a battery that powers an all-electric road vehicle. An open-access paper on the work is published in the RSC journal Energy & Environmental Science. The cells use a solid glass electrolyte having a Li+ or Na+ conductivity >10-2 S cm-1 at 25 ˚C with a motional enthalpy ≈ 0.06 eV, which promises to offer acceptable operation at lower temperatures. Using the new glass, the cathode consists of plating the anode alkali-metal (e.g., (lithium, sodium or potassium) on a copper–carbon cathode current collector at a voltage of more than 3.0 V. Replacing a conventional host insertion compound as a cathode by a redox center for plating an alkali-metal cathode provides a safe, low-cost, all-solid-state cell with a large capacity resulting in high energy density and a long cycle life. The solid glass electrolyte also has a surface that is wet by metallic lithium or sodium, which allows the reversible plating/stripping of an alkali-metal anode without dendrites, and an energy-gap window > 9 eV that makes it stable on contact with both an alkali-metal anode and a high-voltage cathode without the formation of an SEI. Traditional rechargeable batteries use a liquid electrolyte and an oxide as a cathode host into which the working cation of the electrolyte is inserted reversibly over a finite solid-solution range. The energy-gap “window” E = 1.23 eV of an aqueous electrolyte restricts rechargeable batteries with a long shelf life to a voltage V ≲ 1.5 V. The organic-liquid electrolyte of the lithium-ion battery has an energy-gap window E ≈ 3 eV, but its LUMO is below the Fermi level of an alkali-metal anode, it is flammable, and it is not wet by an alkali-metal anode; therefore, the anode of a rechargeable battery having an organic-liquid electrolyte does not contain an alkali-metal component lest anode dendrites form and grow across the electrolyte to the cathode during charge to short-circuit the battery cell with incendiary consequences. Moreover, if the battery cells have an anode with a chemical potential (Fermi level) E < 1.3 eV below the E of lithium metal, a passivating solid/electrolyte interphase (SEI) is formed on the anode to prevent reduction of the electrolyte on contact with the anode. If the Li-ion battery is fabricated in a discharged state, as may be required for high-voltage cathodes, the Li+ of the SEI layer comes from the cathode, further restricting the operational capacity of the cathode. The carbon anodes of the Li-ion batteries that today power hand-held and portable devices have a low volumetric capacity and restrict the rate of charge since metallic lithium is plated on the carbon at higher charging voltages; also, oxide cathodes providing a cell voltage V 4 4.3 V versus lithium tend to be unstable if overcharged. The all-solid-state metal-plating batteries with the cathode strategy are simpler to fabricate at lower cost and offer much higher energy densities, longer cycle life, and acceptable charge/discharge rates, the researchers said. For the study reported in EES, the UT team fabricated Li+ and Na+ glass electrolytes. Cathodes consisted of a redox center (an S or ferrocene molecule or an MnO particle) embedded in a mix of electrolyte and carbon contacting a copper current collector. The cathode composite was pressed against the electrolyte membrane in a coin-cell configuration. The researchers demonstrated that their new battery cells have at least three times as much energy density as today’s lithium-ion batteries. The UT Austin battery formulation also allows for a greater number of charging and discharging cycles—more than 1,200 cycles with low cell resistance. Additionally, because the solid-glass electrolytes can operate, or have high conductivity, at -20 degrees Celsius, this type of battery in a car could perform well in subzero degree weather. This is the first all-solid-state battery cell that can operate under 60 degree Celsius. Braga began developing solid-glass electrolytes with colleagues while she was at the University of Porto in Portugal. About two years ago, she began collaborating with Goodenough and researcher Andrew J. Murchison at UT Austin. Braga said that Goodenough brought an understanding of the composition and properties of the solid-glass electrolytes that resulted in a new version of the electrolytes that is now patented through the UT Austin Office of Technology Commercialization. Goodenough and Braga are continuing to advance their battery-related research and are working on several patents. In the short term, they hope to work with battery makers to develop and test their new materials in electric vehicles and energy storage devices. This research is supported by UT Austin, but there are no grants associated with this work. The UT Austin Office of Technology Commercialization is actively negotiating license agreements with multiple companies engaged in a variety of battery-related industry segments.


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: onlinelibrary.wiley.com

Lithium (Li) metal has been considered as an important substitute for the graphite anode to further boost the energy density of Li-ion batteries. However, Li dendrite growth during Li plating/stripping causes safety concern and poor lifespan of Li metal batteries (LMB). Herein, fluoroethylene carbonate (FEC) additives are used to form a LiF-rich solid electrolyte interphase (SEI). The FEC-induced SEI layer is compact and stable, and thus beneficial to obtain a uniform morphology of Li deposits. This uniform and dendrite-free morphology renders a significantly improved Coulombic efficiency of 98% within 100 cycles in a Li | Cu half-cell. When the FEC-protected Li metal anode matches a high-loading LiNi Co Mn O (NMC) cathode (12 mg cm−2), a high initial capacity of 154 mAh g−1 (1.9 mAh cm−2) at 180.0 mA g−1 is obtained. This LMB with conversion-type Li metal anode and intercalation-type NMC cathode affords an emerging energy storage system to probe the energy chemistry of Li metal protection and demonstrates the material engineering of batteries with very high energy density.


News Article | February 17, 2017
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— This report studies Cyber Physical System in Global market, especially in North America, Europe, China, Japan, Southeast Asia and India, focuses on top manufacturers in global market, with capacity, production, price, revenue and market share for each manufacturer, covering Siemens? Intel ITIH EIT Digital Tcs MathWorks Galois SEI Astri NIST For more information or any query mail at sales@wiseguyreports.com Market Segment by Regions, this report splits Global into several key Regions, with production, consumption, revenue, market share and growth rate of Cyber Physical System in these regions, from 2011 to 2021 (forecast), like North America Europe China Japan Southeast Asia India Split by product type, with production, revenue, price, market share and growth rate of each type, can be divided into Type I Type II Split by application, this report focuses on consumption, market share and growth rate of Cyber Physical System in each application, can be divided into Application 1 Application 2 Global Cyber Physical System Market Research Report 2017 1 Cyber Physical System Market Overview 1.1 Product Overview and Scope of Cyber Physical System 1.2 Cyber Physical System Segment by Type 1.2.1 Global Production Market Share of Cyber Physical System by Type in 2015 1.2.2 Type I 1.2.3 Type II 1.3 Cyber Physical System Segment by Application 1.3.1 Cyber Physical System Consumption Market Share by Application in 2015 1.3.2 Application 1 1.3.3 Application 2 1.3.4 Application 3 1.4 Cyber Physical System Market by Region 1.4.1 North America Status and Prospect (2012-2022) 1.4.2 Europe Status and Prospect (2012-2022) 1.4.3 China Status and Prospect (2012-2022) 1.4.4 Japan Status and Prospect (2012-2022) 1.4.5 Southeast Asia Status and Prospect (2012-2022) 1.4.6 India Status and Prospect (2012-2022) 1.5 Global Market Size (Value) of Cyber Physical System (2012-2022) 2 Global Cyber Physical System Market Competition by Manufacturers 2.1 Global Cyber Physical System Production and Share by Manufacturers (2015 and 2016) 2.2 Global Cyber Physical System Revenue and Share by Manufacturers (2015 and 2016) 2.3 Global Cyber Physical System Average Price by Manufacturers (2015 and 2016) 2.4 Manufacturers Cyber Physical System Manufacturing Base Distribution, Sales Area and Product Type 2.5 Cyber Physical System Market Competitive Situation and Trends 2.5.1 Cyber Physical System Market Concentration Rate 2.5.2 Cyber Physical System Market Share of Top 3 and Top 5 Manufacturers 2.5.3 Mergers & Acquisitions, Expansion 7 Global Cyber Physical System Manufacturers Profiles/Analysis 7.1 Siemens? 7.1.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Its Competitors 7.1.2 Cyber Physical System Product Type, Application and Specification 7.1.2.1 Product A 7.1.2.2 Product B 7.1.3 Siemens? Cyber Physical System Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2015 and 2016) 7.1.4 Main Business/Business Overview 7.2 Intel 7.2.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Its Competitors 7.2.2 Cyber Physical System Product Type, Application and Specification 7.2.2.1 Product A 7.2.2.2 Product B 7.2.3 Intel Cyber Physical System Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2015 and 2016) 7.2.4 Main Business/Business Overview 7.3 ITIH 7.3.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Its Competitors 7.3.2 Cyber Physical System Product Type, Application and Specification 7.3.2.1 Product A 7.3.2.2 Product B 7.3.3 ITIH Cyber Physical System Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2015 and 2016) 7.3.4 Main Business/Business Overview 7.4 EIT Digital 7.4.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Its Competitors 7.4.2 Cyber Physical System Product Type, Application and Specification 7.4.2.1 Product A 7.4.2.2 Product B 7.4.3 EIT Digital Cyber Physical System Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2015 and 2016) 7.4.4 Main Business/Business Overview 7.5 Tcs 7.5.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Its Competitors 7.5.2 Cyber Physical System Product Type, Application and Specification 7.5.2.1 Product A 7.5.2.2 Product B 7.5.3 Tcs Cyber Physical System Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2015 and 2016) 7.5.4 Main Business/Business Overview 7.6 MathWorks 7.6.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Its Competitors 7.6.2 Cyber Physical System Product Type, Application and Specification 7.6.2.1 Product A 7.6.2.2 Product B 7.6.3 MathWorks Cyber Physical System Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2015 and 2016) 7.6.4 Main Business/Business Overview 7.7 Galois 7.7.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Its Competitors 7.7.2 Cyber Physical System Product Type, Application and Specification 7.7.2.1 Product A 7.7.2.2 Product B 7.7.3 Galois Cyber Physical System Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2015 and 2016) 7.7.4 Main Business/Business Overview 7.8 SEI 7.8.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Its Competitors 7.8.2 Cyber Physical System Product Type, Application and Specification 7.8.2.1 Product A 7.8.2.2 Product B 7.8.3 SEI Cyber Physical System Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2015 and 2016) 7.8.4 Main Business/Business Overview 7.9 Astri 7.9.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Its Competitors 7.9.2 Cyber Physical System Product Type, Application and Specification 7.9.2.1 Product A 7.9.2.2 Product B For more information or any query mail at sales@wiseguyreports.com ABOUT US: Wise Guy Reports is part of the Wise Guy Consultants Pvt. 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