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Kstar and CATL to build five new lithium-ion production lines in China for ESS markets

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 13:58 -- paul Crompton

Global lithium-ion battery maker CATL is extending its joint venture partnership with lead-acid UPS manufacturer Shenzhen Kstar Science & Technology by building new production lines at their battery manufacturing facilities in China.

The joint venture will focus on energy storage system power conditioning systems (PCS), battery packs— including UPS-integrated lithium-ion battery packs, residential energy storage battery packs and packs for small-to-medium lithium-ion batteries of nonstandard size— and charging stations. 

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Capital boost for Oregon NiZn battery firm

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:36 -- Xuan Zhong
Capital boost for Oregon NiZn battery firm

US nickel-zinc technology company ZincFive has secured a further $11 million in funding to expand its battery storage business.

The Oregon-based company— which also has battery operations in Shenzhen, China— said the financial shot in the arm from existing shareholders paves the way for an “aggressive expansion” of its business including battery manufacturing.


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Lithium Australia green light for exploration in Germany

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 11:50 -- John Shepherd
Lithium Australia green light for exploration in Germany

Lithium Australia (LIT) has said a newly-awarded licence to search for lithium in eastern Germany will be a spur to creating a “central processing hub in Europe” to support electric vehicle battery production.

LIT has been granted a 133 square-kilometre exploration licence in Saxony and said drilling under way at the Sadisdorf project is expected to yield first assay results next month.

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‘Ultracapacitor could have saved airline millions’

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 15:23 -- paul Crompton
‘Ultracapacitor could have saved airline millions’

The systems meltdown at British Airways, which left 75,000 passengers stranded last month, was preventable.

Advances in energy storage solutions mean that the chaos – and possible €100 ($112) million compensation bill – could have been avoided, claims a leading ultracapacitor manufacturer.

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Bedrock Automation announces launch of lithium-ion backed UPS

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 15:43 -- paul Crompton
Bedrock Automation announces launch of lithium-ion backed UPS

A standalone UPS system has been launched which uses lithium-ion battery technology rather than the traditional lead-acid.

US-based Bedrock Automation claims its li-ion polymer battery-backed UPS.500 provides 24 V DC 12 Ah of power for any relevant application, using a secure microcontroller that controls each cell

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Eaton extends UPS range in India

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 15:06 -- Laura Varriale
Eaton UPS

Power management company Eaton has added an advanced uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system line to its UPS portfolio in India.

The UPS is designed for protection and support of critical industrial operations in heavy engineering and manufacturing. The UPS ranges from 15kVA to 80kVA.

According to Eaton, the system delivers an efficiency
of up to 98.5%. The 93E provides surge suppression for load, detects location of faults and is able to switch to double-conversion operation in less than 4ms.

Eaton’s UPS uses sensing circuitry and three-stage charging technique aiming to extend the service life of the UPS battery while optimising battery recharge time.

"Eaton's extended range of 93E UPS is an ideal solution for facilitating a lower total cost of ownership through a combination of energy efficiency and high reliability in extensive manufacturing and other mission-critical operations," said Syed Sajjadh Ali, managing director Eaton India.

The introduced range enhances compatibility by providing a 0.99 input power factor and less than 5% total harmonic distortion, thus eliminating interference with other critical equipment in the same network, the company said.

According to a recent research report, the Indian UPS market is expected to increase at a rate of around 11% from 2014 to 2018 due to the growth of industrial and commercial infrastructure in India.

Emerson expands market reach in Australia

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 16:44 -- Laura Varriale
Emerson expands in Australia

Emerson Network Power (Emerson) has secured a deal with Perth-based distributor UPS West to sell the company’s uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) and thermal management solutions in Australia.

UPS West will offer Emnerson’s AC UPS Liebert NXC, Liebert GXT3 and the Liebert DM thermal management solution. The Australian company will also have access to trainings and technical resources of Emerson.

Emerson aims to make the company’s solutions more available to a wider marketplace.

According to UPS West, there is a gap in the supply of power and thermal data room solutions in small to medium sized businesses in metro and regional Western Australia.

"As we operate in the datacentre industry, we have found a need for the Liebert DM for small rooms in major buildings in the central business district as well as in regional sites,” said UPS West business development manager Ian Hart.

“UPS West is fast establishing a foot hold in the WA market by offering customers industry leading IT infrastructure and management solutions and we look forward to working with them as a valued addition to Emerson’s growing network,” said Emerson director of national sales Robert Linsdell.

This summer, Emerson appointed Bangladeshi company Computer Source as its distributor for UPS in the growing IT market of Bangladesh.

Hipower supplies genset to Ancona Controls for UPS and backup power

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 14:36 -- Laura Varriale
Hipower diesel genset

US backup power provider Ancona Control has selected power-generation and distribution equipment firm Hipower Systems’ generator to ensure uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and backup power for a Michigan-based cable and Internet provider.

Hipower, a Himoinsa Power Systems subsidiary, supplied a 60Hz frequency diesel backup generator to provide power continuity. The company mounted the generator on a 1000-gallon sub-base tank providing more than 60 hours of runtime.

The fuel tank, approved by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, was customised for the harsh conditions and specific codes of Michigan state, with winterisation equipment, external fills, vents and alarms. The generator is part of a complete continuous-power package including DC power through a UPS made by Toshiba.

“In the Midwest, strong storms and power outages are a fact of life nearly year round, and the extreme cold in winter presents a further challenge,” said Hipower systems president Rafael Acosta.

Michigan-based Ancona Controls provides sales and 24/7 service of UPS systems, diesel, natural gas generators and DC power systems for businesses requiring uninterrupted power.

Cummins to supply hybrid power systems to Myanmar

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 10:27 -- Laura Varriale
Cummins Power Generation's hybrid power system

Cummins Power Generation is to provide solar hybrid, battery hybrid and diesel generator systems to Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Green Towers (IGT).

The products will be delivered to over 750 mobile-tower sites that IGT will install during the next year. Two-thirds of the sites will be off the country’s primitive power grid and located in remote locations.

Cummins Power Generation’s hybrid power systems are designed to decrease capital expenditure while lowering the cost of ownership and ensuring uninterrupted operations. According to the critical power provider, the integrated battery storage allows the operators to reduce generator run time and save fuel costs. Myanmar’s poor road infrastructure makes refueling the generators more difficult and expensive.

"While there are no shortages of renewable hybrid solution providers, we chose Cummins Power Generation for their technical expertise as well as their local service capability and coverage," said Charbel Abou-Jaoude, CEO of IGT.

Telecom provider Telenor Myanmar, who won a license along with Ooredoo to roll out a mobile network in Myanmar in 2013, contracted IGT. Cummins Power Generation also has a supply agreement with telecom startup Ooredoo.

Eaton unveils latest warranty and support services

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 11:34 -- Editor

UPS vendor Eaton has launched a suite of warranty and support services it believes can help boost channel partner turnover by 25%.

The services work with small plug-and-play UPS units as well as large three-phase installations. Eaton is offering four warranty options in addition to the standard warranty.

Warranty+ adds a year to the standard 12 or 24-month UPS warranty; Warranty 5 extends standard warranties to five years; and Warranty Advance gives coverage for three years and one site visit in the first two years, plus a routine maintenance visit in the third year.

All must be bought and registered within 30 days of product purchase, but the fourth option, Warranty Extend, can provide an additional year of coverage after expiration.

Eaton is also offering two more new services. Battery Plus is a replacement service for expired or damaged batteries, while Intervention is an on-site support service (excluding breakdown cover, which is part of the warranty structure).

David Oddie, IT channel manager at Eaton, told CRN that additional services are likely to further boost user appeal.

"Even with the best products, problems can occur," Oddie said. "Now our channel partners have the opportunity to provide further peace of mind that will help to ensure these problems are addressed quickly and effectively."

Oddie said resellers should aim to sell these services bundled in with every power management product sold. The vendor has calculated that the inclusion of these warranty and support services can add 25% to total power-management revenues.

"Selling the services is potentially a very significant source of extra income for our partners," he said.


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