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What is a Traction Battery?

​In the second in his interactive series Dr Mike explains what features are required to make 2V lead acid traction battery cells for fork lift trucks. He also gives valuable advice on how to choose the best fork lift truck battery for your particular requirements.

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Sizing of batteries – for Solar

The use of solar off-grid energy supply is becoming increasingly popular for domestic, industrial and municipal applications. Due to the variable nature of renewable energy sources, many of the installations include an energy storage system to enable supply for peak demands and when energy generation is limited. There are alternative storage technologies but the method of calculating the size of the lead acid battery required is common to all chemistries. To ensure a system that satisfies the usage requirements [...]

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Lead Acid Battery or Lithium ion?

Batteries are strange devices. Nobody wants them, but everybody needs them. They are only bought when required. How many people plan a trip to the local mall to window shop for batteries? They are a grudge purchase and only bought when absolutely necessary. A good salesman can sell you two pair of shoes, two cars and maybe two houses if you have the money, but he cannot sell you two SLI automobile batteries.

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How Long will an Inverter Battery Last?

The answer is simple: it depends on how you treat it! Here we will give you some tips on how to maintain your inverter battery, increase it’s working lifespan and ensure that it functions properly when the mains supply has failed. In this article we examine and share with you, those important factors which determine just how long that you can expect an inverter battery to last.

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Mining Locomotive Battery

In this Blog, Dr Mike examines the requirements for the very difficult underground duty of mining locomotive batteries. Whilst the safety requirements are understandably the main focus for battery designs and materials, we must not forget the importance of performance and the practical difficulties of maintenance and charging batteries in this environment. The challenges posed by this application are many and the consequences of getting even a small part of the design or manufacture wrong can lead to disastrous [...]

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Batteries for nuclear power plants in Europe

Introduction In the time from the Second World War to the 60es open Plantè cells were used for the utilities. The open Plantè cells consisted out of glass containers without lid, the positive plate was Plantè, the negative also Plantè or a box plate both antimony-free. The connectors were made out of lead. The cells could be repaired, if bulging of plates or short circuits occurred. So the lifetime was in the range of 20 to 25 years. But because [...]

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How to correctly charge a Battery?

A battery is an electrochemical device which stores energy in a chemically bonded structure and releases the energy in the form of electrons resulting from the battery’s chemical discharge reactions. Charging the battery provides the electrons to reform the chemical bonds which are stored in the battery’s active materials. This is true of all battery chemistries, including those mentioned in this blog: lead-acid batteries, nickel-metal hydride, nickel-cadmium and lithium-ion variants. In this blog we will be discussing the optimum [...]

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