Understanding Batteries / Edition 1

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Overview

Batteries are becoming increasingly important in today's world of portable electronic devices, along with the need to store electricity derived from solar and other renewable forms of energy, and the desire to introduce electric and hybrid electric vehicles to reduce emissions. Understanding Batteries is a must for all those seeking a straightforward explanation of how batteries are constructed, their operation, and the factors determining their performance and life. Beginning with a brief history of the development of batteries and a discussion of their applications and markets, the book goes on to outline the basic terminology and science of batteries. The different types of primary (non-rechargeable) and secondary (rechargeable) batteries are then described and emphasis is given to the importance of matching the battery to the intended application. Examples are given to demonstrate how to define and prioritise the various criteria which comprise the battery specification. Throughout, the chemistry is kept as simple as possible. Understanding Batteries will appeal to a wide range of readers, including electrical equipment manufacturers and users, engineers and technicians, chemistry and materials science students, teachers and the interested battery user.

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Editorial Reviews

Chemistry and Industry
"... clearly written and will give the general reader an excellent overview."
Aslib Book Guide
"This is an excellent well-illustrated introductory textbook assuming little prior knowledge."
RSC Electrochemistry Newsletter
"... easy to read with plenty of illustrations and a mine of information covering virtually all the important batteries available today ... I shall recommend it to our students as a good value, up-to-date general introduction with a distinct technological flavour. "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780854046058
  • Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry, The
  • Publication date: 9/30/2001
  • Series: RSC Paperbacks Series , #28
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 6.69 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents

Energy Storage in Batteries; How a Battery Operates; How to Choose a Battery; How to Charge a Secondary Battery; Zinc Primary Batteries; Lithium Primary Batteries; Specialized Primary Batteries; Lead-Acid Batteries; Alkaline Batteries; Lithium Batteries; Advanced Rechargeable Batteries and Capacitors; Some Applications for Secondary Batteries; Subject Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2008

    No physics explained

    If you want to understand batteries from a physical point of view, i.e., using basic physics then don't buy this book. I was expecting an in depth discussion of the physics and got zero. This book assumes you understand everything and starts from there.

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