In the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives, we often take for granted the power of a battery. Take a moment to consider how many of your daily essentials operate in thanks to the energy produced from a battery. This can range from household items like a clock radio or your cellphone to operating aerospace equipment and transportation applications. National Battery Day, which occurs annually on February 18th, is a great reminder of the pivotal role batteries play in powering the future – everywhere for everyone, and the perfect opportunity to evaluate your current power capabilities to see if it might be time for a battery upgrade to start your new year off on the right foot.
Battery Council International (BCI), a not-for-profit trade organization for the lead acid battery industry, promotes National Battery Day through its communications initiative, Essential Energy Everyday, to help inform the public about the role that lead acid batteries play in contributing to a circular economy with a closed-loop industry of manufacturing and recycling.
“The need for increased, reliable domestic battery manufacturing will be met by a range of battery chemistries, with domestic manufacturers leading the way,” said Roger Miksad, executive vice president of BCI. “Each chemistry’s individual attributes will determine which battery technology is used for a wide variety of applications. National Battery Day is an occasion to honor the work of Battery Council International member companies whose products demonstrate how critical batteries are to society.”
Since the appearance of Allesandro Volta’s first battery more than 200 years ago, advancements have led to the development of Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) technology, in which lead alloy electrodes are tightly packed in sponge-like, absorbent fiberglass separators that hold the sulfuric acid electrolyte. Introduced in 1972, AGM batteries are also sealed, which makes them leak- and spill-proof, vibration- and shock-resistant, and virtually maintenance-free because they do not require periodic watering.
A few years after AGM batteries were available, an additional innovation emerged: Thin Plate Pure Lead (TPPL) technology. TPPL batteries use plates that are made from pure lead, instead of lead alloy. This helps prevent galvanic corrosion by virtually eliminating the contact of dissimilar metals. Pure lead also enables the plates to be thinner, allowing more to be used than in conventional lead acid batteries of the same footprint. More plates provide more surface area for electrochemical reactions with the electrolyte, which generate greater power.
ODYSSEY® batteries, manufactured by EnerSys®, are engineered with TPPL technology to provide twice the power of conventional lead acid batteries. ODYSSEY® batteries offer a service life of three to 10 years and a shelf life of up to two years. Their temperature range is -40°F (-40°C) to 140°F (60°C) and will fully recharge within four hours and offer 400 charge/discharge cycles at 80 percent Depth of Discharge (DOD).
National Battery Day reminds us that it is important to select products that offer high performance and environmental sustainability. With the use of pure materials for the electrolyte and case, as well as the plates, ODYSSEY® batteries are 99 percent recyclable. The quality of their materials and construction also provides greater longevity than alternative chemistries to help enable less frequent replacement.
EnerSys, the global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, manufactures and distributes energy systems solutions and motive power batteries, specialty batteries, battery chargers, power equipment, battery accessories and outdoor equipment enclosure solutions to customers worldwide. Energy Systems, which combine enclosures, power conversion, power distribution and energy storage, are used in the telecommunication, broadband and utility industries, uninterruptible power supplies and numerous applications. Motive power batteries and chargers are utilized in electric forklift trucks and other industrial electric powered vehicles requiring stored energy solutions. Specialty batteries are used in aerospace and defense applications, large over-the-road trucks, premium automotive, medical and security systems applications. EnerSys also provides aftermarket and customer support services to its customers in over 100 countries through its sales and manufacturing locations around the world. With the NorthStar acquisition, EnerSys has solidified its position as the market leader for premium Thin Plate Pure Lead batteries, which are sold across all three lines of business. More information regarding EnerSys can be found at www.enersys.com.
Sustainability at EnerSys is about more than just the benefits and impacts of our products. Our commitment to sustainability encompasses many important environmental, social and governance issues. Sustainability is a fundamental part of how we manage our own operations. Minimizing our environmental footprint is a priority. Sustainability is our commitment to our employees, our customers and the communities we serve. Our products facilitate positive environmental, social and economic impacts around the world. To learn more visit: https://www.enersys.com/en/about-us/sustainability/.