Yuasa Battery Sales in the UK has launched a range of lithium-ion cells for use in UPS systems and industrial backup power applications.
The LIM50E cells will be suitable for use in installations with a small footprint that require high power density at a nominal voltage of 3.7V with a capacity of 50Ah.
The operating range is between -25°C to 60°C for storage, charge and discharge conditions.
Yuasa Battery intends the LIM50E to be used in UPS and standby power systems in telecoms, datacentres and large energy storage systems used with renewable energy.
Yuasa is well-known in the UPS and industrial backup power industries as a manufacturerer of lead-acid batteries so is well placed to know the demands of these applications.
Socomec Innovative Power Solutions, the Indian branch of Socomec Group, has begun manufacturing UPS systems at its plant in Gurgaon, India.
The company previously imported the entire UPS systems, but now builds them domestically from imported components. The next stage is to manufacture transformers locally and reduce costs further.
The production site had been used for changeover switches, switch accessories and other low-voltage equipment. The newly added manufacturing line has the capacity to output 500 units per year.
AEG has won a contract with BP to supply IEC compliant AC & DC UPS Systems for BP's Global Projects Organisation.
The deal is a five year global agreement that will give BP staff and contractors around the world access to AEG’s IEC AC & DC UPS systems.
AEG Power is one of the few approved UPS system suppliers that manufacturing both AC and DC solutions to provide a range varying from small power ratings through large scale industrial UPS. It serves the transportation, oil, gas and power generation industries.
Quick Cable Corporation has launched a targeted DC power programme including an online catalogue of products for stationary battery dealers, installers and OEM suppliers.
This is in response to the growing market for backup power in fields such as telecom centres, financial institutions, manufacturers and distribution centres requiring DC power from battery systems.
The new catalogue expands Quick Cable’s product portfolio of battery connectors, cables and accessories for DC power requirements.
The power programme brings in UL listed cable options up to 777 MCM, battery containment systems and additional chemical and maintenance products specific to the stationary battery market.
The battery containment systems have been designed around a flexible, model to make it easy to design a system based on battery rack dimensions using the Quick Cable online configuration tool.
Cummins Power Generation has launched a website specifically focused on product and technical information to support the needs of its data centre customers.
In a statement, Cummins said the launch of http://cumminsdatapower.com reflected the need for information in one of the biggest growth segments in the world today – backup power for data centres.
Brent Ness, Global Data Centre Segment Leader for Cummins Power Generation, said: “We continually hear from data centre customers and from consulting engineers around the world that they want fast, easy access to information directly related to data centre product offerings,” said
“This website not only contains product information, it also includes technical bulletins, white papers and other information relevant to the application, operation and maintenance of the complete backup power system in data centres.”
Energetix subsidiary Energetix Pnu Power has received a UK patent for an important method relating to the core technology within its compressed air uninterruptible power supply products.
The patent - titled 'Lubrication of Positive Displacement Expanders' - describes the method by which efficiency of the conversion of compressed air into electrical power can be optimised with minimal lubrication of mechanical components. Pnu Power produces back-up power solutions, using compressed air, for utility switching, telecommunications, data centres and other mission critical industrial operations.
Energetix says the grant of this patent provides additional protection to the company's core product platform and builds on the company's intellectual property portfolio relating to its Pnu Power technology.
The company has a core patent granted in 20 countries which protects its compressed air driven UPS system as well as two further patents providing additional protection.
An energy efficient heating system offering efficiency savings of up to 20% could be key in the transition to low-carbon energy systems in Europe. This is according to a report commissioned by SSE (UK energy generators and distributors) and Dimplex (a global heating solutions firm).
The smart electric thermal storage (SETS) system works by storing up renewably produced energy when production is high but demand is low. The report indicated SETS could provide up to 54GW of additional flexible storage capacity across Europe by 2050, enabling renewable electricity to be stored when demand is low and used to heat homes when needed.
The system, first brought to the market by SEE and Dimplex in a product called Quantum, is intended to replace out-dated night storage heaters with something more efficient and with better room temperature control as well as being designed for smart grid integration.
The report found that if all 27 EU countries replaced storage heaters with SETS, savings of 7.4TWh of electricity and three mega-tons of CO2 could be made each year. If used in all electrically heated homes as much as 148GW could be provided by 2050.
Stuart Mackenzie, Managing Director of Dimplex, added: “Quantum offers consumers with electric storage heaters the opportunity to reduce their running costs by up to 27%. It’s also a Green Deal approved measure, so the capital cost outlay can be substantially reduced.”
Chinese portable power company Powerocks has an ever growing range of mobile phone power boosting accessories. The high capacity portable batteries provide additional power for mobile and tablet devices that are compatible with USB ports.
The lithium-ion batteries can be charged form a mains power supply and then provide several re-charges for smart phones and tablet devices. The slim-line design of iPhones and the like mean the battery cannot be swapped with a spare, it must be recharged, resulting in companies coming up with novel ways to help users re-charge when travelling or away from mains charging.
The range includes the Stone series of portable batteries that offer between 5800mAh and 7800mAh capacity, which provide an additional three times power for devices; The Magicstick is the size of an AA cell and offers 2600mAH power on the go for phone devices.
The ultimate in portable battery is built into the phone cover. The interestingly named Cheese Crystal is a protective case for the iPhone4 that has an 1800mAH lithium-ion battery incorporated in it to double potential battery life.
When charged, Powerocks range can power up to two devices, dependant on model, two or three times. The designs are complimentary to Apple style and show these chargers can be sleek and elegant but still pack a lot of power.
German chemical giant BASF has released its sales figures for 2012 showing growth across the company. The chemical segment overall sales figures grew 7% on 2011, the 2012 sales increased to €13.8billion. There was however a decline in EBIT (earnings before interest and tax) due to plant shut downs and lower margins.
The tables below show the full figures for 2012 compared to the previous year across the range of the company (bottom) as well as the fourth quarter sales figures (top).