Six figure savings from PbA formation
Results from the battery testing carried out by partners Digatron, UK Powertech and BESTmag are helping lead-acid battery factories save hundreds of thousands of dollars per annum. The losses, identified from laboratory trials using Digatron test equipment, were predicted for a single, average sized, lead-acid battery (LAB) factory.
Subsequent field trials in several LAB factories around the globe, have provided verification of these predictions with one company reporting savings of over 300,000 USD in a single plant. The company simply followed the recommended procedures that had been identified from the results of the work of the testing team.
BESTmag technical editor Mike McDonagh is continuing to work with his partners to enable a full report of the findings to be issued in the near future. It can be reported that so far, all the available results indicate the actual energy, financial and carbon savings are still in line with the original predictions.
As the formation process accounts for more than 50% of a LAB factory’s energy usage, manufacturers can substantially reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions, whilst adding hundreds of thousands of dollars to their bottom line.
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