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Industry Outlook Demand Increases Worldwide for US-Made Batteries in Emerging Markets Elke Hirschman, Vice President of Marketing Trojan Battery Co., LLC Trojan Battery and its team of engineers continually research and develop enhanced deep-cycle battery technologies to best serve a variety of markets. In 2014, Trojan will focus its efforts on expanding our US-based manufacturing activities, and incorporating a proprietary carbon additive to its renewable energy battery lines. Made in the USA In recent years, Trojan has seen an increased demand both domestically and internationally for US-made batteries. Customers worldwide are quickly realizing that you get what you pay for, and choosing the cheapest battery option can cost more in the long run with frequent battery replacements. To meet this growing demand, Trojan has established a fourth manufacturing facility in Sandersville, Ga. This plant will produce Trojan's wide range of deep-cycle battery technologies including flooded lead acid and valve-regulated lead acid (AGM). Trojan's upcoming AGM battery will be the industry's first "true" deepcycle AGM battery designed to meet the requirements of a variety 8 Battery Power * Summer 2014 of market applications that rely on batteries to power equipment. Trojan batteries will shipped from this location to both OEM and direct end-user customers worldwide. Carbon Technology Advancements Increasing global energy consumption is placing great strain on existing power grids. Many electrical grids worldwide are inefficient and unable to consistently meet the demands of growing urban populations. Power outages are common and the demand for battery backup systems to provide stable power is becoming a valuable part of the overall energy mix. Rapid growth in renewable energy (RE), inverter backup and remote telecom markets operating in either unstable grid or off-grid locations has focused attention on deep-cycle battery technology. As adoption of these applications increase at a fast pace, many are finding that some deep-cycle batteries used in these systems never reach their expected cycle life, but do not know why. The answer is simple, the occurrence of Partial State of Charge (PSOC) in which the batteries are often never fully recharged on a regular basis. Operating at PSOC quickly diminishes overall battery life, which results in frequent, costly battery replacements. Addressing the issue of PSOC and its impact on battery performance has remained a challenge, until now. Advancements in carbon technology and its addition to lead acid batteries has shown to extend the life of deep-cycle batteries designed for RE, telecom and inverter backup applications. Extensive research has been done by engineering teams at some of the world's leading battery manufacturers to determine what types of carbon and in what formulas can successfully address the effects of PSOC. One example is Trojan Battery's Smart Carbon proprietary formula that provides improved performance when deep-cycle flooded batteries consistently operate in PSOC. Smart Carbon helps enhance overall battery life in an application where the batteries are not fully recharged on a regular basis, and is currently featured in Trojan's Industrial and Premium flooded product lines. As part of its continuous product improvement strategy, Trojan's engineering team researched the benefits of carbon additives for more than five years. The introduction of Smart Carbon makes Trojan the first flooded lead-acid battery manufacturer to release products that are specifically designed to provide maximum cycle life in PSOC applications. Trojan also is currently researching options for adding Smart Carbon to it valve-regulated battery lines, such as AGM.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Battery Power - Summer 2014

Testing Needs and Challenges of Today’s Battery Researchers and Manufacturers
Overcoming the Challenges in the Power Electronics Industry
Changing Focus of Battery Chargers for Differing Battery Chemistries
Demand Increases Worldwide for US-Made Batteries in Emerging Markets
Battery Pack/Assembly Manufacturer
Primary Battery Manufacturer
Secondary Battery Manufacturer
Consumer Electronics/Tools
Electric Vehicles
Renewable Energy Systems
Battery Assembly Equipment
Consulting Services
Converters & Inverters
Dry Rooms
Forming Systems
ICs & Semiconductors
Manufacturing Systems
Monitoring Systems
Power Supplies
Safety Systems & Equipment
Standby Power/UPS Systems
Testing Services
Testing Systems & Equipment
Watering Systems

Battery Power - Summer 2014