Saft has entered a contract with Ontario-based ECO-H Technologies, part of AVL Group, to supply a lithium-ion battery system for ECO-H’s Hybrid Power Management System designed for the oil and gas industry.
The hybrid generator system will use Saft’s Intensium Flex battery to reduce the fuel consumption by switching to battery power, thus resulting in greater energy efficiency on oil and gas rigs. The Intensium Flex has a capacity of 500kW with 525kWh available. It will in turn provide prime power, load levelling and peak shaving services.
The ECO-H is the first-to-market hybrid genset with an integrated battery system. Hybrid systems are intended to be more efficient than generators as the battery works harder, resulting in lower fuel consumption, emissions and operating costs.
Ten ECO-H systems have been purchased for installation throughout 2014 to offshore rigs. The deal marks Saft’s entry to a new market; President of Saft America, Thomas Alcide, said the company anticipates future growth in the industrial sector will be generated by the deal.