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Johnson Controls launches lithium-ion battery failure protection device for stationary systems

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 10:21 -- Vic

Johnson Controls has launched a device that detects, and can prevent, thermal runaway and other failures in lithium-ion batteries in stationary applications.

The US firm’s Lithium-Ion Risk Prevention System monitors batteries to mitigate battery failure in applications such as energy storage and UPS systems used in data centers and manufacturing facilities. 

The system features monitoring and reference sensors that continuously check battery racks for the presence of lithium-ion off-gases. If the sensors detect off-gases in a concentration from one part per million (ppm), they automatically communicate with the battery management system to shut down the affected battery stacks to help prevent thermal runaway.

The reference sensors provide surrounding ambient air data to the controller, while the monitoring sensors within the battery racks capture data relating to the air directly adjacent to the batteries. 

In applications where the off-gases cannot be vented externally, an inerting system is employed to help prevent the off-gases from igniting.

The system is compatible with all lithium-ion chemistries. 

The system can be fitted into existing power storage systems. 

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New markets and better batteries to drive Pb growth in Africa

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 14:19 -- News Editor
New markets and better batteries to drive Pb growth in Africa

The lead-acid market in Africa is expected to grow by just over 5% CAGR to more than US$1 billion by 2021, according to a report by market analysts Transparency Market Research.

The continent’s lead–acid market will be led by global manufacturers Exide Technologies, Dixon Batteries, First National Battery, EnerSys, and Johnson Controls, predicts the company in its report Lead Acid Battery Market Report 2018-2026.

 

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Brookfield upbeat on Power Solutions business

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Cyrus Madon

The new owners of Power Solutions— the batteries business sold last year by Johnson Controls— have told analysts they have “identified opportunities to further enhance the value of the company”.

Brookfield Business Partners, which together with fellow investment firm CDPQ announced a definitive agreement to buy Power Solutions last October, said the company “will continue to be a leading manufacturer of advanced batteries, supplying its global customer base”.

Brookfield CEO Cyrus Madon (pictured) said in a fourth-quarter 2018 update: “Power Solutions’ EBITA (earnings before interest, tax, and amortisation) has increased in all but one of the last 15 years. And that was during the credit crisis and it bounced back immediately in the following year.”

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JCI and Toshiba to work on lead-lithium dual-battery systems

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Johnson Controls International’s (JCI) soon-to-be-sold Power Solutions business, is joining forces with Toshiba to manufacture lithium-ion batteries that will be “paired” with lead-acid battery technology as part of dual-battery systems for carmakers.

JCI, which has agreed to sell Power Solutions to US and Canadian investment firms, said the partners will develop and make the lithium-ion batteries at JCI’s Holland plant in Michigan.

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JCI ‘in Power Solutions sale talks’ with investment firm

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
George Oliver

North American firm Brookfield Asset Management is at the centre of fresh speculation about a possible sell-off of Johnson Controls’ batteries business.

Brookfield, whose business interests include a graphite electrode manufacturing business and battery storage systems, could pick up JCI’s Power Solutions for between US$13 billion and $14bn, according to Reuters.

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ALABC joins Argonne Lab for next-gen lead batteries study

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Lead-acid battery technology is to undergo a “high-tech makeover” under a research agreement between members of the Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) and the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory.

Fourteen ALABC members have signed up for the science programme, which Argonne said would focus the lab’s “resources and expertise on improving the performance of lead batteries, to assist the industry in meeting market demands for existing applications and for new applications”.

The nine full members of the programme include Crown Battery Manufacturing Company, Doe Run Resources Corporation, East Penn Manufacturing Company, EnerSys, Exide Technologies, Johnson Controls, NorthStar Battery Company, RSR Technologies and the Trojan Battery Company. The five associate members are Superior Graphite, Microporous, Cabot Corporation, Borregard Lignotech and Advanced Battery Concepts.

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Amara Raja targets Middle East from new UAE batteries base

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 12:53 -- John Shepherd
Ramachandra Galla. Photo: Amara Raja

Indian lead-acid battery maker Amara Raja Batteries has opened a new trading base in the United Arab Emirates to expand sales across the Middle East.

The company told the Bombay Stock Exchange its new, wholly-owned subsidiary, Amara Raja Batteries Middle East, will operate from the Sharjah Airport International Free Zone trading in batteries and related products.

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Pledge to recycle 2m used car batteries

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 12:44 -- John Shepherd
Pledge to recycle 2m used car batteries

Battery giant Johnson Controls is backing a US-led campaign in pledging to recover up to two million vehicle batteries.

The lead-acid firm is among those who have signed up to the ‘2 Million Battery Challenge’— led by the Responsible Battery Coalition (RBC), comprising battery and automotive companies, academics and NGOs.

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Aqua Metals admits ‘significant’ delay as losses mount

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 10:28 -- John Shepherd
Aqua Metals admits ‘significant’ delay as losses mount

The head of US lead-acid battery recycling start-up Aqua Metals has admitted the firm is “significantly behind schedule” in its production plans.

Chairman and CEO Dr Stephen Clarke (pictured) said earlier this year that Aqua Metals, which wants to commercialise a water-based recycling process, was preparing for “explosive growth” in 2018.

 

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Early start for JCI’s new CEO

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 09:50 -- News Editor
Early start for JCI’s new CEO

George Oliver (pictured) is to take over as chairman and CEO of battery giant Johnson Controls International in September— six months ahead of schedule.

Oliver, currently JCI’s president and chief operating officer, will succeed Alex Molinaroli, who joined the company in 1983 and prior to his current position served as president of JCI’s Power Solutions business.

 

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