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Ni-Cd battery eyes telecom networks

Posted: 06 Jan 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Ni-Cd battery? telecom network? wireless?

Saft has launched the new Tel.X nickel-based battery product range designed specifically for telecom network applications. The investment program supports a new $9 million production line at its U.S. manufacturing facility in Valdosta, Georgia.

The Tel.X battery range is designed to deliver reliable backup power for the growing number of decentralized facilities, supporting fixed, wireless, cable and cellular networks, which are in remote or demanding outdoor locations.

The new manufacturing line will enable Saft to expand its customer base in a market where performance, reliability and low total cost of ownership are crucial. Its focus is on providing a high quality, maintenance-free battery solution for applications subjected to extreme temperature as well as high levels of humidity. With an extended range of capacities, smaller batteries and long service life, the Tel.X batteries are ideally suited for the majority of telecom network applications.

Xavier Delacroix, the general manager of Saft's IBG division said, "We believe that despite the short-term issues we reported in November in the telecom market, the Tel.X product range will lead to increased sales and market share for Saft. We currently have approximately two percent market share in the telecom network market with our nickel-based batteries. The potential is therefore considerable. Our new production line is a major commitment to this market with very significant growth potential and we are ready to expand it further as demand develops."

Saft's Tel.X battery offers important advantages for demanding outdoor telecom applications in remote areas. It is maintenance-free and compact, light and easy to installaround 15 minutes for a 48V battery.

Tel.X also promises long service life, more than 20 years in normal temperatures and more than 14 years at +40C. So, in many cases the battery can be expected to outlive other parts of the installation, during which time, under normal operating conditions, it will not need topping-up with water.

The battery also offers high volumic energy density, of up to 100Wh/L while weighing around 30 percent less than a conventional battery. It is designed for use in standard 19- and 23-inch racks and cabinets, where its compact size makes it easy to fit and install as a direct replacement for VRLA batteries and it is compatible with all telecom rectifiers.

Tel.X is well-suited for backup power applications in outdoor installations, such as cabinets and end terminals in fiber-optic 'triple-play' networks as well as base transceiver station and base station controller installations in wireless networks.

Saft's Tel.X batteries are available in a wide range of capacities.

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