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Testing & Monitoring NH Research Adds 40 Volt Model to Its Successful 9200 Series High-Power Battery Test Systems NH Research, Inc. has introduced a 40-volt model in its 9200 family of high-power battery charge/discharge test systems, which are especially suitable for xEV electric vehicle battery power cycling and drive-cycle simulations. Like the series' successful 120 V and 600 V members, the 40 V test system (Model 9200-4904) comprises independent 12-kilowatt DC power modules that enable testing of a number of smaller batteries, each with a different test plan, power level and start/stop times. Alternatively, a higher-power battery can be tested by connecting the power modules in parallel. This configurable flexibility allows a facility to optimize test resources. For cost-efficiency, up to 90 percent of the energy removed from a battery under test is returned as usable AC power. This process, called regeneration, lowers the total utility consumption of the facility and reduces the amount of generated waste-heat. Further advantages of regeneration include a much cooler work environment, reduced air conditioning loads, and the elimination of elaborate water-cooling systems. The 9200 series testers simulate real-world conditions with fast voltage, current and mode transition times; include a digital measurement system with high-resolution waveform capture and a digital chart recorder; provide custom waveform/profile generation; and have multiple battery-protection safety features. Alber Introduces Battery Monitor Designed for Utility Industry to Predict Battery Failure Albércorp introduces their real time battery monitor designed for utility bulk power systems that alerts of battery failures by trending over time to allow proactive battery replacements. The Albér UXIM, Universal Xplorer Industrial Monitor, will enable the utilities industry to comply with NERC regulations requiring battery monitoring by automatically documenting complete and accurate maintenance records. Batteries are the weakest link in any backup power chain and can fail abruptly and without warning. The cost of failures makes the cost of monitoring relatively insignificant, especially in large electric utilities where a power failure can result in millions of dollars in losses. The Universal Xplorer Industrial Monitor (UXIM) will automate the NERC PRC-005 standard for battery maintenance, which will extend maintenance intervals and provide an excellent ROI. The Albér UXIM with patented DC resistance testing technology uses embedded web software or extreme battery detailed software (Battery Xplorer Enterprise) and allows for multiple remote communications and alarm options. November/December 2013 * Battery Power 21

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Battery Power - November/December 2013

Solid-State Battery Developed at CU-Boulder Could Double the Range of Electric Cars
GS Yuasa Batteries Help Power Orbital Science’s Cygnus Spacecraft on Mission to ISS
Li-Ion Battery Technology Delivers High Power for Data Center UPS Installations
Battery Demands for Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Understanding When and Why You Need UPS Battery Replacement
Charging Forward: A Resurgence of the EV Movement and the Role Charging Infrastructure Plays in Continuing the Momentum
Charging Systems
Testing & Monitoring
ICs & Semiconductors
Industry News

Battery Power - November/December 2013