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Saft secures major li-ion battery deal in Hawaii

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:06 -- Laura Varriale
Saft ESS

French battery supplier Saft is to supply a lithium-ion battery energy storage system (ESS) to a 12MW PV plant on Kauai Island, Hawaii, US.

Saft was contracted by Kauai Island Utility Co-operative (KIUC) to provide the 6MW ESS consisting of 10 containers in order to stabilise the Kauai island grid. Saft said the deal is worth “multi-million dollars”.

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Saft launches 15-year warranty for Li-ion energy storage modules

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 09:40 -- Laura Varriale
residential solar panels

Battery manufacturer Saft is to offer a long-term warranty extension option for its domestic Li-ion energy storage systems (ESS).

The modules are based on Saft’s Li-ion battery systems that deliver 2kWh of energy and up to 4kW of power. The ESS system with the 15-year warranty is integrated in Bosch’s BPT-S 5 Hybrid energy management and storage solution. The BPT-S 5 system, launched in 2012, integrates apart from Saft’s modules, a solar inverter and an energy management system.

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Alstom and Saft to supply EDF with battery storage system

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 12:06 -- Laura Varriale
Alstom power converter

An Alstom-Saft consortium has won a contract to provide an energy storage system including Li-ion batteries for the EDF Group.

The contract comprises a 1MW/30min energy and conversion system. France's Saft will supply a 20ft lithium-ion battery container and compatriot Alstom a power converter that connects the DC battery to the AC grid and converts the power to be stored or released into the grid.

The system will be installed on French state utility EDF’s energy efficiency research centre in Les Renardières, France and is part of EDF’s research for frequency regulation. The group’s R&D department will investigate the ability of the storage system to regulate the frequency and adjustment potential of the primary reserve.

The primary reserve in France is estimated at 650MW. “This innovative experiment will demonstrate the added value of a battery storage system and the performance of Li-ion technology in this promising sector", said François Bouchon, director of energy storage at Saft. Alstom and Saft are said to deliver in late 2014.

The system is part of the Nouvelle France Industrielle project, a scheme launched by the French government in 2013. "At the cutting edge of smart grid and power transportation infrastructure optimization technologies, Alstom Grid is contributing its technological expertise to the excellence of the French and European energy industry", said Patrick Plas, senior vice president at Alstom Grid. The planned delivery will be the first battery storage system for primary frequency control in France.

Saft to supply superphosphate lithium batteries for US military

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 16:59 -- Laura Varriale
US military Howitzer

French battery manufacturer Saft has been awarded a contract from BAE Systems to provide lithium 'Super-Phosphate' batteries for US military’s M777A2 Howitzer.

Saft will replace previous lead-acid batteries with its Li-ion technology and proprietary 'Super-Phosphate' cells to power the weapon’s fire control unit. The batteries will be integrated with the company’s 28V control and power electronics. The 28V batteries provide a capacity of 80Ah.

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Saft primary lithium batteries to power emergency signals for ‘eCall’ units

Thu, 09/26/2013 - 10:37 -- Editor

Saft is to supply primary lithium metal oxide batteries to automotive electronics firm Actia for ‘eCall’ safety device.

The batteries will provide emergency power for Actia's ACU-II (Automotive Communications Unit), a device that will be installed in new vehicles for Actia's high-end European car manufacturer customers.

The ACU-II provides services that improve the connectivity of motor vehicles, with the main application being for eCall, the new safety system that will be mandatory for all new European Union vehicles from 2015.

eCall devices detect when a car has experienced a  serious accident. The device then automatically contacts the emergency services with the car's exact location, direction of travel and number of passengers. 

As well as eCall functionality, the ACU-II will also provide drivers with the ability to track their car and control aspects of their vehicle through a smartphone application, for example locking or unlocking doors, or turning on the heater.

The batteries selected will power the ACU-II in emergency situations and have been specially designed to cope with this demanding automotive application.

Ralf Sauer, European Sales and Marketing Manager for Saft's Tadiran, said: "Drivers and passengers will benefit from the ability of Saft's AA sized lithium metal oxide batteries to hold a charge for many years."

SAFT go photovoltaic

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 18:02 -- Ruth Williams

Saft is producing lithium-ion cells for Schuco’s photovoltaic energy storage system available this year. 
The system determines if energy is stored, consumed or sold back to the grid.  The system control unit detects how much self-generated electricity is available and combines this information with external data.  Electricity is only exported when production exceeds storage capacity.

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