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Bitrode launches IGBT lead-acid formation charger in North America

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 11:03 -- Laura Varriale
Bitrode High Density IGBT Formation Charger

US-based battery charging and test equipment manufacturer Bitrode has introduced an insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) formation charger in North America.

The HD-CR/CD is designed for charging SLI batteries (flooded and VRLA/AGM), motive power batteries and industrial cells. It operates at 16KHz and allows users to achieve efficiency and power factors of up to 99%, according to Missouri-based Bitrode.

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Approval for Convergent VRLA battery storage

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:26 -- Laura Varriale
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New York-based Convergent Energy + Power has won a contract to install a valve-regulated lead acid (VRLA) battery storage plant in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, US.

The battery storage system is to feed 500kWh continuously to the grid. The system will be part of Central Maine Power’s (CMP) plan to provide load reduction on its transmission line to the Boothbay region and to prevent outages during peak hours.

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Narada to invest $16m in VRLA battery factory in Hubei

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 11:30 -- Editor
Narada VRLA battery

China’s Narada Power Source is to invest 97m yuan ($16m) to build a lead-acid battery plant in Hubei province.

Narada’s subsidiary Wuhan Narada New Energy will build the 10m kVAh new plant in Hubei's Gedian Economic & Technological Development Zone. The factory will primarily manufacture VRLA batteries, as lead-carbon batteries for stop-start vehicle applications.

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Kenyan lead-acid firm ABM starts VRLA production

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 09:30 -- Laura Varriale
ABM VRLA battery

Kenya’s Associated Battery Manufacturers (ABM) has started production of VRLA car batteries following a KSh600m ($6.85m) upgrade of its Nairobi factory.

The first battery to roll off the production line is the Powerlast VRLA, a Chloride Exide branded battery.

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