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Portable Rechargeable Battery Association Announces Standards-Setting

Portable Rechargeable Battery Association Press Release - 2/2/2007

Announcement Follows Successful Meeting on Lithium-ion Battery Standards

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Portable Rechargeable Battery Association (PRBA) plans to host a May 2007 forum in Washington, D.C., to discuss ongoing revisions to lithium-ion battery standards. The purpose of the forum is to address lithium-ion battery standards initiatives being considered by UL, IEC, ANSI, IPC, and IEEE and to foster coordination with other industry participants.

The meeting will build on the progress made on a number of issues at a January 17th PRBA standards forum in Washington, D.C., attended by PRBA members, representatives from standards-setting organizations, the Battery Association of Japan and other groups.

"The frank exchange of information and ideas on standard setting and other issues of importance to the lithium-ion battery industry proved so valuable that the participants concluded it would be valuable to hold another meeting to build on January's success," said PRBA Executive Director George Kerchner.

At the January meeting, IEEE committee members updated the attendees about ongoing efforts to revise IEEE 1625 -- Standard for Rechargeable Batteries for Portable Computing, which was originally approved in 2004. A UL representative explained the current revisions to its lithium battery standard -- UL 1642. Other representatives provided updates on IEC and ANSI standard-setting activities and the IPC's work.

The current testing requirements for lithium-ion cells and batteries under the international dangerous goods regulations were also reviewed and discussed in anticipation of possible changes in these rules. In addition, attendees from the Battery Association of Japan provided an update on standards activities in Japan.

Representatives from battery industry and the standards organizations also exchanged ideas on ways to achieve harmonization of the various standards and the importance of developing standards that factor in the design, testing, and manufacturing of the cell-battery pack and host system.

About The Portable Rechargeable Battery Association

The members of PRBA power the consumer electronics revolution. We deliver a safe, efficient, and essential power source for notebook computers, cell phones, power tools, PDAs, MP3 players and other cordless devices. PRBA members produce more than half of the world's lithium-ion cells and account for billions of dollars in annual worldwide sales. With more than 70 members, PRBA is widely recognized as the nation's authoritative source for information on portable rechargeable batteries.

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