R M Dell and D A J Rand
19 July 2001
Dell, formerly with the British Atomic Energy Research Establishment, and
Rand, with the CSIRO in Australia, commemorate the bicentenary of Alassandro
Volta's invention of the first battery. They write primarily for engineers
and technicians who are responsible for specifying, procuring, or
maintaining batteries, but keep the electrochemistry as simple as possible
for the benefit of non- chemists.
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.