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Saft’s new aircraft battery passed tests

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 10:31 -- Paul Crompton
Saft’s new aircraft battery passed tests

French Saft Groupe’s newest Ni-Cd ultra low maintenance battery for aircrafts has passed in-flight tests.

Saft’s 435CH6 ULM is a 24V, 43 Ah battery designed to be the airplane’s main power source alongside standby and auxiliary functions. 

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Project combines LI-ion ESS with wind farm power

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 11:29 -- Paul Crompton
Project combines LI-ion ESS with wind farm power

A 2.3MW lithium-ion Energy Storage System (ESS) will be used alongside a wind farm in Europe’s first commercial project of its kind.

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Saft secures 5 million lithium-ion cell deal

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 14:21 -- Paul Crompton
Saft secures 5 million lithium-ion cell deal

French firm Saft has secured a deal to supply five million lithium cells to Asian utility OEMS.

Under the contract will see the company’s Eternacell branded cells provided to electricity metering OEMs in China, India and Taiwan.

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Saft deploys extreme temperature Li-ion BESS

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 14:21 -- Paul Crompton
Saft deploys extreme temperature Li-ion BESS

French based battery firm Saft, is set to develop and install an extreme temperature Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) after being chosen for the project by Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC).

The turnkey lithium-ion BESS will serve as the heart of the hybrid micro-grid that is part of a larger Solar and Diesel upgrade to the existing power plant 50 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Canada.

As part of the contract, Saft will develop and install one Intensium® Max 20M Medium Power (IM 20M) Li-ion battery container with 232kWh of energy and a 200kW Power Conditioning System from ABB.

It is designed to control the network frequency and voltage at between -50°C and 35°C, allowing diesel generators to operate at optimum efficiency and to be shut down whenever possible.

As part of a hybrid micro-grid the BESS the system will be installed at the Colville Lake Power Station in June 2015.

It will deliver more reliable power to Colville Lake’s 150 residents with consistent, renewable solar power and reduced diesel fuel consumption. 

Saft moves into Japanese market with Li-ion ESS

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 14:28 -- Paul Crompton
Saft moves into Japanese market with Li-ion ESS

French battery firm Saft is moving into the Japanese market after winning a contract to supply a containerised lithium-ion energy storage system (ESS) to the country.

The ESS project - a first for Saft in Japan - will offer a nominal storage capacity of 520kWh and 1MWh peak power output on Niijima, a volcanic island in the Philippine Sea.a

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Saft’s Li-ion batteries excel in space mission

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 16:23 -- Paul Crompton
Saft’s Li-ion batteries excels in space mission

Lithium batteries developed by French firm Saft have been instrumental in a moon probe being able to beam information from space four times longer than its original design specification.

A combination of primary and rechargeable lithium batteries developed by the battery design and manufacturing company enabled LuxSpace’s Manfred Moon Memorial Mission (4M) mini-probe to transmit data back to earth.

A battery pack comprising 28 Saft super robust LSH20 HTS 3.6V Primary lithium-thionyl chloride (Li-SOCl2) size D spiral cells delivered 4.5W of power to the 4M probe - the first privately funded moon mission. 

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ISA gives Saft’s Li-Ion batteries the green light

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 13:25 -- Paul Crompton
ISA gives Saft’s Li-Ion batteries the green light

French firm Saft has received the green light for its new range of lithium-ion Super-Iron Phosphate (SLFP) batteries to be used in the commercial vessel industry.

The company’s Seanergy® modules have adhered to marine standards and specifications for Li-ion batteries during testing by the Independent Safety Assessor (ISA) - Bureau Veritas.

This certification demonstrates the design conforms to recognised industry quality standards and/or the certification rules, through a process of independent design review, sample testing and verification of production controls.

Didier Jouffroy, marine products and applications manager at Saft, said: “The Seanergy modules comply with best practice, especially as the standards have been written specifically to include Li-ion batteries in civil marine applications.”

He added: “This certification is effectively mandatory for the use of Li-ion batteries in the marine industry and it is important step in the commercialisation of our Seanergy solution.”

The designer and manufacturer of advanced-technology batteries for the industry developed its Seanergy battery range to be light-weight and compact, have a high efficiency and long calendar and cycling life.

The SLFP cell technology for marine applications also includes increased safety, fast-charging capability, high power output and the ability to deliver high voltages.

The range has specific applications for civil marine propulsion, including ferries, offshore support, cruise-liners, cargo ships and work boats.

Saft is an ‘end to end’ manufacturer of cells, modules and systems. This complete overview enables Saft to take responsibility for the total quality control of every aspect of design, development, testing and delivery of the complete marine battery solution, effectively offering a ‘one-stop-shop’ for customers.

Saft emerging as Asia's go to trainset battery supplier

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 15:06 -- Paul Crompton
Nanshang Wuha metro line

Battery supplier Saft’s emergence as a key player in Asia’s trainset market continues at full steam after the French firm signed two deals to provide nickel-cadmium batteries.

The first deal to provide 156 SRM+ rail batteries was awarded by CNR Changchun, China’s state-owned rolling stock manufacturer.

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Saft strikes li-ion ESS deal in South America

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 15:29 -- Laura Varriale
Saft ESS

Energy storage giant Saft has been contracted by Isotron SAU to supply two lithium-ion battery storage systems to a solar PV diesel hybrid plant in Bolivia’s Pando region.

Saft’s energy storage system (ESS) is aimed to enable solar storage at the site and integrate power into the diesel-powered grid. The ESS will combine two containerised lithium-ion battery systems, with a nominal storage capacity of 580kWh and 1.1MW peak power output each.

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Saft chairman John Searle dies

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 16:02 -- Laura Varriale
John Searle

John Searle, the British-born battery executive who helped take French battery maker Saft to the stock market, has died suddenly at 60.

Searle joined Saft in 1990 and helped make the firm a significant international player, work colleagues stated. The company was spun out of the French telecom giant Alcatel in 2004 and  under Searle’s management, the company established operations in 18 countries and became a leader in the deployment of lithium battery technology.

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