First there were valve regulated lead-acid batteries. Then there was premature failure and then there was Dr David Feder. If you remember any of this, you’re a pro!
The rest, as they say was history but with an explosion in the growth of cellular telecom and data centres something had to be done about premature failure in lead-acid batteries.
NorthStar batteries— the now not so new lead-acid manufacturer— has bitten the bullet and made its stationary batteries smart, from cradle to grave.
Using a Bluetooth-based technology, NorthStar battery health can be checked from the warehousing of its customers, right through to planned replacement and monitored and controlled along the way.
Now Swedish owned, NorthStar claims it is offering the most sophisticated battery monitoring technology on the market and launched it during Intelec—the telecom power conference renowned for the venting of ‘customer beefs’ with the battery industry a decade ago.
Wireless and with the ability to upgrade remotely the NorthStar ACE (Advanced Connected Energy) system can interact with back-up battery power supplies, altering charging current from afar and according to need.
The company says most battery failures (50%) are caused through incorrect settings and raised temperatures of operation. No surprises there! A further 20% fail early through supply chain a warehousing issue.
NorthStar is having a limited roll out of the technology this quarter and a global rollout from January 2017. There will be a full write up in the Winter January 2017 issue of BEST magazine.