M5BAT 5MW storage system integrates multiple battery technologies

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electric utility company, battery manufacturers Exide and beta-motion and inverter manufacturer SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA) have joined forces to build the first multi-technology, modular large-scale 5MW battery storage system. The unique feature of the M5BAT (Modular Multimegawatt, Multitechnology Medium-Voltage Battery Storage System) storage system lies in its modular design, which combines different battery technologies for optimal use. The E.ON

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Penn State researchers developing methods to prolong operating life of valve regulated lead-acid batteries; electric locomotive as example

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A team of Penn State researchers is developing more cost-effective ways to prolong the life of valve regulated lead-acid (VRLA) batteries, such as those applied in Norfolk Southern Railway No. 999—the first all-electric, battery-powered locomotive in the United States. A leading cause of damage and death in lead-acid batteries is sulfation, a degradation of the battery caused by frequent charging and discharging that creates an accumulation of lead sulfate.


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GS Yuasa US subsidiary introduces line of lead-acid batteries for renewable energy markets

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GS Battery (USA) Inc. , a US subsidiary of GS Yuasa Group of Japan, introduced the ECO R line of advanced storage batteries targeting the renewable energy market. The ECO R product line consists of four advanced lead acid, VRLA (Valve-regulated Lead-Acid Battery) products. This battery can be used in both residential and commercial storage applications. This value priced battery can be used in most residential and small commercial systems. Batteries

Forecast puts global lead acid battery market at $76.44B by 2022

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forecasts that the global lead acid battery market will reach US$76.44 Growing preference for pollution free hybrid & electric vehicles along with technological development is expected to drive lead acid battery demand over the forecast period. VRLA (valve-regulated lead-acid) batteries are forecast to grow at a CAGR of 6.4% The global lead acid battery industry is dominated by Johnson Controls, Exide Technologies, GS YUASA, EnerSys, East Penn Manufacturing Co.,

Axion supplying PbC batteries to Norfolk Southern for all-battery switcher and working on line-haul hybrid locomotives; micro-hybrid and stationary expansion

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The battery-electric NS-999, “under the long hood”. In April, Axion Power International Inc received an order from Norfolk Southern Corp (NS) for PbC lead-carbon batteries for use in an all-battery-powered switcher locomotive. To date, this is the largest single PbC battery order that Axion has received. This larger, more powerful unit will require approximately twice the number of batteries as contained in the electric yard switcher. PbC batteries.

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Axion Power and ePower Engine Systems enter 5-year agreement for use of PbC batteries in diesel-electric drivetrains for Class 8 trucks; tests suggest up to 35% improvement in fuel economy

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Axion Power International, Inc, the developer of advanced lead-carbon PbC batteries and energy storage systems ( earlier post ), has entered a strategic relationship with ePower Engine Systems LLC. ePower Engine Systems has consented to a five-year initial term with Axion Power that includes the exclusive use of Axion’s PbC batteries, and battery management systems in all ePower retrofits and conversions. Batteries are recharged during coasting and braking.

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Controlled Power Technologies and Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium to unveil LC Super Hybrid at Geneva show; low-cost “micro-mild” demonstrator

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The LC Super Hybrid, conceived by Controlled Power Technologies (CPT) and the Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) to show that significant CO 2 reduction can be achieved through electric hybridization at low voltages (12-48 volts) using the latest lead-carbon batteries, will make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Advanced lead-acid battery system. Further battery life improvements have been achieved via attention to battery management.

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Okaya launched Freedum electric scooter priced  at Rs 69,900

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It’s a low-speed electric scooter that comes with two battery options lead-acid battery or a lithium-ion battery. Its lead-acid battery provides a range of 50-60 kilometres and 70-80 kilometres for the lithium-ion model.

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Pike forecasts NEV market to remain small, although with double the growth rate of light-duty vehicles to 2017

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Pike notes that essentially all NEVs use deep cycle lead-acid batteries due to their lower cost of between $100 to $200 per kWh. Because of the solid separator in AGM batteries, they are considered to be sealed valve-regulated lead-acid (VRLA) batteries. Electric (Battery) LSV/NEVAnnual worldwide NEV sales by region, 2011–2017. Source: Pike Research. Click to enlarge.

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CPT/AVL Study: New Generation of Micro-Hybrid Technologies Can Enable More than 25% Reduction in Fuel Consumption at Lower Cost Than Full Hybrid Drive Systems

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The use of a carbon-enhanced valve-regulated lead-acid (VRLA) battery will help maximize energy recuperation during deceleration, fully realizing SpeedStart’s potential for high power generation and hence electrical energy recovery. Reductions in fuel consumption and CO 2 from base 2.0-liter ELC-Hybrid to downsized 1.4L VTES + SpeedStart. Click to enlarge.

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Firefly Energy Receives Additional $3.3 Million Army Contract for Further Enhancement of Microcell Lead Acid Technology

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million contract extension for continuing enhancement of its first two advanced battery technology designs. This funding comes in addition to more than $7 million the company has received to date under its original contract to adapt the company’s next-generation microcell foam battery technologies for military applications. Firefly’s microcell battery technology delivering 4-6 times the lifetime energy compared with traditional Valve Regulated Lead Acid (“VRLA”) batteries.

Honda announces second plug-in vehicle testing program; Japan joins US, China may follow

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Based on the popular Fit, this vehicle features a coaxial motor and other electromotive technologies developed for the FCX Clarity fuel cell electric vehicle, combined with a Toshiba-produced lithium-ion battery. The 6 kWh lithium-ion battery is manufactured by Blue Energy and its all-electric mode driving range can achieve up to 15 to 25 km (9 to 16 miles). Battery type, mfr. VRLA (lead-acid), Panasonic. Electric (Battery) Hybrids

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Pike Research forecasts global stop-start vehicle sales to reach 37M units annually by 2020; 16:1 ratio over HEVs

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Stop-start vehicles (SSVs) (also called micro-hybrids or idle-stop vehicles), enable stopping the engine when the vehicle slows or is idling and subsequent restart, thus requiring more robust batteries and starter systems than are found in conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. Pike Research’s report, “Stop-Start Vehicles”, concludes that global revenue from the sales of stop-start batteries will grow from $827 million in 2011 to $8.9

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Okaya unveils electric 2W-AvionIQ & ClassIQ series ranging from Rs 39,999 to Rs 60,000

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The company’s ‘Electric 2Wheelers’ are available in four variants, both in ‘VRLA Lead Acid Battery’ and ‘Lithium Iron Phosphate’ (LFP) battery. It has also launched the iCat-approved lithium-ion and lead-acid batteries for two-wheelers and three-wheelers.


UK Collaboration Develops Plug-in Hybrid Retrofit for Conventional Vehicles

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Battery pack state of charge vs. distance for the ADDZEV vehicle under all-electric power on the UDDC cycle. The development team retained the existing conventional front-wheel-drive system of the Combo but added an electric drive, powered via low-cost valve regulated lead-acid (VRLA) batteries, to the rear wheels. Project lead, control and vehicle integration; European Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium.

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