GNB Industrial Power, a division of Exide Technologies, has developed a new battery aimed at meeting the increasing demands placed on vehicles working within cold storage environments.
The high performance TENSOR battery is the answer to these growing challenges, together with providing the energy efficiency now required by many companies. This unique combination makes TENSOR ideal for use in cold-storage surroundings, as well as in heavy-duty applications, high-rack facilities, accessory equipment and 24/7 applications.
The core benefits of TENSOR over a conventional motive power battery are the increases in performance, capacity and energy efficiency. The improved performance is a result of its high-power density, while the battery’s high energy content and efficient energy recovery help to increase its running times.
TENSOR also has a significantly lower operating temperature than other batteries, thus extending its operational life. Together these benefits ensure a decrease in energy costs and a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.
“The R&D process for TENSOR started in 2007, when we received a number of requests from truck manufacturers for a battery that offered a performance above and beyond the available standard batteries. This led to a first-generation high-power cell in 2008,” explains Dr. Kai Ruth, European product manager, motive power.
“The excellent properties of this experimental battery, the knowledge we already had in producing high-power batteries, especially for submarines, and feedback from customers encouraged us to further develop and finally launch TENSOR the next-generation lead acid battery which can be used in even the most extreme conditions.
“Depending on the application and operating conditions, TENSOR shows an 18 percent increase in truck running time when compared to a conventional traction battery and the availability of the truck can be further increased by fast (opportunity) charging the battery. Ultimately, this is what most companies look for when buying a battery,” concludes Dr. Kai Ruth.