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Sol'n enhances battery performance in PSoC apps

Posted: 22 Jan 2014  Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Trojan Battery  Partial State of Charge  Smart Carbon  PSoC  grid 

Trojan Battery Co. has included Smart Carbon as a standard feature to the company's Industrial and Premium flooded battery lines to address the impact of Partial State of Charge (PSOC) on cycling batteries in renewable energy, inverter backup and telecom applications.

Smart Carbon is a proprietary Trojan formula that provides improved performance when the batteries operate in PSOC, enhancing overall battery life in off-grid and unstable grid applications where the batteries are under charged on a regular basis. Along with increased life in a partial state of charge, Trojan's Smart Carbon proprietary formula also provides improved charge acceptance and faster recharge in PSOC applications, stated the firm.

Batteries used in harsh RE, telecom and inverter backup systems are regularly cycled at PSOC due to the intermittency of solar generation, an unstable grid or to minimize operating costs of a hybrid Charge-Discharge-Cycle (CDC) system. Operating at PSOC can quickly diminish the overall life of a lead acid battery, which results in frequent and costly battery replacements.

With batteries now being one of the most expensive components of these systems, it is critical to maximize the life of the battery bank in order to reduce total cost of ownership. To address the issue of PSOC, Trojan's engineering team developed the Smart Carbon advanced lead acid formula to enhance life and performance of Trojan batteries operating in PSOC.

Smart Carbon cycle life

Trojan chose to add Smart Carbon first to its deep-cycle flooded batteries because flooded technology is the most widely used in off-grid and unstable grid applications globally due to its cycling performance, ability to withstand harsh conditions, widespread availability and economical price point.

PSOC is a reality for most off-grid and unstable grid RE systems since solar panels used in these applications are frequently undersized, resulting in the consistent undercharging of the battery bank. The same is true due to intermittent weather conditions or placement of solar panels in shady areas, which affect the solar panels' ability to collect and store enough energy to fully recharge batteries.

PSOC also is common in inverter backup systems where batteries are used when the grid goes down. Because the grid in many regions of the world goes down several times a day, or is only available a few hours a day, deep-cycle batteries are under charged on a regular basis, resulting in diminished life of the battery.

Telecom applications which operate off-grid, rely on an unstable grid, or depend on a hybrid RE/battery CDC system for power face the same PSOC issues as does solar. The same is true for hybrid telecom applications that are powered by diesel generators, which serve as the main charging source for the battery bank. In many diesel generator installations, the system is often set up to leave the batteries in a partial state of charge in order to minimize fuel costs, once again resulting in batteries operating in PSOC conditions and shortening the life of the battery bank.

Trojan's Industrial and Premium lines of deep-cycle batteries featuring Smart Carbon are available.

- Paul Buckley
  EE Times Europe





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