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Second product recall for Ecoult’s lead-based battery technology

Thu, 08/27/2020 - 09:52 -- Paul Crompton

The Australian safety commission has announced a recall of Ecoult’s Ultraflex lead-acid/ultra-capacitor hybrid battery technology due to “risk of fire and electrocution, which may lead to serious injury or death”.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) identified the UltraFlex 48-4, 48-3 and 48-2, which was sold through Smart Storage t/as Ecoult and electrical integrators between June 2014 and November 2019. 

The commission statement read: “UltraFlex was not designed to independently protect itself or the user against excessive voltage, overheating, or excessive gassing when combined with particular other equipment in a system.” 

ACCC is asking consumers to immediately contact Ecoult to arrange for the decommissioning and removal of the UltraFlex units by a licensed electrician.

Ecoult will provide a refund and remove the UltraFlex units.

The UltraFlex is designed for commercial, large-residential, microgrid and small-industrial users needing energy storage rated up to 20 kW. It is powered by the firm’s UltraBattery, which combines a Deka 12V lead-acid cell and a lead-carbon ultra-capacitor.

Ecoult’s website states the UltraFlex has been installed both on the grid and on remote off-grid sites.

The recall follows a similar one in New Zealand, which ended on 26 August after Ecoult arranged for the UltraFlex units to be removed by a licensed electrician in the country.

Ecoult had not responded to BEST about the recall at time of going to press.

Grid-scale storage to use lead-acid technology

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 14:47 -- Paul Crompton
Grid-scale storage to use lead-acid technology

A 300kW lead-acid and ultracapacitor hybrid energy storage system is being deployed in Ireland using Australian firm Ecoult’s UltraBattery technology.

It will be the first time Ecoult’s UltraBattery has been used in Europe.

The system will be deployed at South Dublin County Council’s (SDCC) Tallaght Smart Grid Testbed and be used to integrate fast-response storage with Ireland’s DS3 electricity grid.

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Ecoult launches its ‘giant hiding in plain sight’ UltraBattery

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 15:03 -- Paul Crompton
Ecoult launches its ‘giant hiding in plain sight’ UltraBattery

Sydney-based Ecoult has just launched its medium-scale 25 kW Ultrabattery-backed energy storage system UltraFlex.

The supercharged lead-acid battery hybrid is the result of Australian Government-funded development of Ecoult’s Deka UltraBattery technology, which was rolled out in MW scale applications in 2013.

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