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Applied Energy Solutions and AllCell launch lithium-ion battery system for pallet jack applications
18 September 2013
Applied Energy Solutions and AllCell Technologies launched the Superion, a new lithium-ion battery system for pallet jack applications, at The Battery Show in Novi, MI (17-19 September 2013). The Superion system developed by Applied Energy Solutions offers significant improvements over the lead-acid batteries prevalent in the industry today, including faster charging times, smaller size, lower weight, and improved efficiency.
Material handling equipment manufacturers are finding that lithium-ion battery systems offer important benefits compared to lead-acid systems, the partners said. Faster and more efficient charging allows operators to do away with extra batteries and battery swapping equipment while simultaneously saving money on electrical bills. Lithium-ion batteries are also virtually maintenance free because the electrolyte level does not need to be monitored, leading to further operational savings. The modular Superion system allows further flexibility, with options ranging from 5.4 kWh to 10.8 kWh.
The modules inside the Superion are produced by AllCell Technologies, and integrate the company’s proprietary thermal management technology to improve battery cycle life and safety. AllCell’s technology employs a composite material manufactured from phase change materials (PCM) and graphite that effectively absorbs and distributes heat through the battery pack to avoid hotspots and limit maximum temperature.
AllCell’s PCM is particularly useful in hot operating environments where the battery has to be protected from both internal heat (generated while charging and discharging) and external heat.
AllCell also recently introduced a 48-volt micro-hybrid battery based on its PCM technology. (Earlier post.)
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