CEP: October 2013 A 32-page special supplement on lithium-ion batteries covers the basics, raw material considerations, component materials, and applications. Other topics in this issue include root-cause PSM auditing and relief-device sizing. Also read about the latest developments in biotechnology, nanotechnology, energy, materials, and catalysis. Editorial Batteries — Can’t Live without Them … And living with them isn’t always easy, either. Two experiences drove the latter point home to me recently. Read more Share A Root-Cause Approach to PSM Audits October2013SafetyDavid Heller, David KahnTracing audit ﬁndings back to the management system that allowed the failure to occur is an effective way to uncover deﬁciencies in an organization’s process safety management system. Follow the guidance provided in this article to apply root-cause-based auditing to your facility. Sizing Pressure-Relief Devices October2013Back To BasicsDr. Daniel A. Crowl, Scott A. TiplerAlthough relief devices may never be activated, they must be designed and sized to function correctly every time they are necessary. This article provides an introduction to sizing pressure-relief devices for liquid and vapor service. Special Section: Energy - Meet the Authors October2013Special Section Special Section: Energy - Lithium-Ion Batteries October2013Special SectionMichelle BrynerBatteries are being asked to meet daunting performance requirements that could soon be pushing up against the limits of existing battery technologies. Portable electronics, electric vehicles, and grid-scale storage require high energy density and power, low cost, and safety. Special Section: Energy - Lithium-Ion Batteries: The Basics October2013Special SectionRobert SpotnitzBatteries come in a variety of chemistries and designs. Using fundamental principles, the theoretical performance of these electrochemical cells can be determined, enabling you to engineer the optimal device. Special Section: Energy - Lithium-Ion Batteries: Raw Material Considerations October2013Special SectionGerry M. ClarkeAmong the many elements involved in converting chemical energy into electricity, lithium is currently king. This article looks at the lithium supply picture and the implications of supply and demand on lithium-ion battery technologies and markets. Special Section: Energy - Lithium-Ion Batteries: Component Materials October2013Special SectionAvani PatelThe materials used in the construction of a battery’s components must be chosen carefully to optimize battery performance for the speciﬁc application... Special Section: Energy - Lithium-Ion Batteries: Endless Uses October2013Special SectionAndrew N. JansenLithium-ion batteries can be tailored to suit a range of products in almost any industry. This article describes the main applications for which these batteries are used, and explores some of the challenges hindering future advances. Special Section: Energy (Full 32-Page Supplement) October2013Special SectionMichelle Bryner, Gerry M. Clarke, Andrew N. Jansen, Avani Patel, Robert SpotnitzLithium-Ion Batteries: The Basics; Raw Material Considerations; Component Materials; Endless Uses Copyright Permissions: Would you like to reuse content from CEP Magazine? It’s easy to request permission to reuse content. Simply click here to connect instantly to licensing services, where you can choose from a list of options regarding how you would like to reuse the desired content and complete the transaction.