Saft has won €35-million (US$46-million) of orders to supply specialized Li-ion telecom battery systems for Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (RJIL) broadband mobile base stations in India. Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited is a subsidiary of India’s largest private firm and currently the only Pan-Indian 4G/LTE operator.
The order is Saft’s largest to date for Li-ion telecom batteries.
The high energy density and fast charging 48V Evolion module offers a capacity of 3.9 kWh, and is fully compatible with existing telecom equipment, but is around half the size of a conventional telecom battery, freeing up more space in the cabinet for revenue-generating equipment. The Li-ion battery is also around one quarter of the weight, making it much easier and safer to transport, handle and install. It operates over a wide range of temperatures from -40°C to +75°C.
The first deliveries began during the second quarter of 2013 and will be completed by the end of the first quarter 2014.
This is a particularly demanding application that calls for batteries capable of working hard and long in challenging climatic conditions to keep the network operating 24/7, and our Li-ion Evolion system offers the perfect technical solution. Another key factor in this success is the high level of local support we now offer through our new Amco-Saft India Ltd factory that has just opened in Bangalore and we see huge potential for growth in India’s telecoms market.—Xavier Delacroix, General Manager of Saft’s IBG Division