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Renewable Energy Pushes For Deep Cycle Battery Storage in Large Scale

Attending a roundtable forum on energy storage, Kevin Moran, Executive VP at Battery Council International, says he realized the discussions on large-scale battery storage will be a necessity for areas in the U.S. that are embracing and expanding their use of renewable energy sources. “The potential for an expansion in grid-scale battery storage installations may be even greater that I had previously thought,” said Moran in an article in Batteries International Magazine.  “Several states have either passed, or are considering setting targets for [energy] storage.” 

Moran pointed out that California recently passed a mandate that 100 percent of its electricity must come from renewable sources by 2045. “It’s hard to believe they can meet this goal without a massive investment in battery storage,” said Moran. 

His views on energy storage for the future points to progress made on the battery storage front over the next several years, and that different battery chemistries will be competing with ways on how their products will meet the demands for energy storage in the future. 

Large scale battery storage has been used in a variety of industrial applications utilizing specialized batteries designed for this purpose. Dutt Electronics, in Spain for example, utilized U.S. Battery RE series batteries in an autonomous system to balance the power output between stored energy consumption and battery charging during peak energy hours. While systems like these have proven to work in an industrial scale, they can also provide a solution to the growing need for energy storage and distribution in a larger scale.

Additionally, energy storage grids utilizing deep-cycle flooded lead-acid batteries for storage also offer an environmental advantage, according to the BCI, as these types of batteries are nearly 100-percent recyclable in a closed-loop system that offers zero impact on landfills.

China’s Largest AWP Equipment Rental Company, Far East Horizon, To Power Its Electric Fleet With U.S. Battery Products

China’s largest AWP rental company switched to U.S. Battery products to power its fleet of battery operated aerial work and platform equipment. “The cooperation between Horizon and U.S. Battery, will not only provide the best support to the business development of Horizon but also for laying a solid foundation of the U.S. Battery brand which is now being used more within the Chinese aerial platform industry,” said Yipin Wang, Far East Horizon General Manager.

Eighty percent of Far East Horizion’s fleet of more than 6,000 vehicles, including high-quality brands such as JLG, Genie and others, will now be outfitted with U.S. Battery products including its US2000-XC2 (6-volt), 12V-XC2 (12-volt), US305HC-XC2 (6-volt), and USL16-XC2 (6-volt) deep-cycle products.

Located in Pudong, China, Far East Horizon operates 41 locations and three major service centers in the country. It offers a complete construction chain including equipment and materials, to management and infrastructure.  “We’ve worked closely with Far East Horizon to help improve its business, and the reliability of its fleet to the growing construction and maintenance infrastructure in China,” says Brad Dwan, U.S. Battery Director of Sales in Asia/Pacific/Middle East/Africa. “U.S. Battery is happy to be the battery of choice for the company and we look forward to the exponential growth of our products within the market sector in China.”

Designed to provide AWP equipment with greater run times, U.S. Battery products incorporate the company’s exclusive XC2™ formulation and Diamond Plate Technology® to create a more efficient battery, allowing rental companies and fleets to operate machinery longer on a full charge. U.S. Battery products also reach peak capacity in as few as 25 cycles, provide higher total energy delivery, and extend battery life. For more information on U.S. Battery’s line of AGM and Flooded Lead-Acid batteries, visit the website at www.usbattery.com.

U.S. Battery Offers More Reliable Power From Its Redesigned 8VGCE XC2 8-Volt Battery

U.S. Battery has redesigned its popular US 8VGCE XC2 8-volt deep-cycle battery with more amp-hour performance and improved longevity, to provide greater power and reliability for a variety of applications.

U.S. Battery’s US 8VGCE XC2 is one of the company’s Group GC8 line of performance 8-volt batteries, and is a popular choice for professionals wanting an economical option to power their vehicles and equipment. Although the US 8VGCE XC2 was built for economy, it doesn’t lack in performance. It now offers 110 minutes of runtime at a 56 amp draw, (155 amp-hours at a 20-hour rate) and weighs a hefty 60-lbs. (27kg), making it a top shelf choice in its class.

The US 8VGCE XC2 comes in a durable black polypropylene heat-sealed case with a black top, and features standard bayonet vent caps. It is also available with the company’s SpeedCap® as an added option, and can be ordered with a variety of high-quality terminals to match a wide range of wiring options. Built with U.S. Battery’s exclusive XC2™ Formula and Diamond Plate Technology®, this redesigned 8-volt battery can also reach higher initial rated capacity, and faster cycle up time to full-rated capacity than any other battery in its price range.

For customers who want greater power and performance with premium internal components, U.S. Battery’s line of 8-volt batteries also includes the US 8VGC XC2 (170 Ah at 20-hr rate, 64-lbs/29-kg), the US 8VGHC XC2 (183 Ah at 20-hr rate, 67-lbs/30-kg), and the company’s 8VGCHATB all-terrain battery (205 Ah at 20-hr rate, 73.2-lbs/33.23-kg), a battery designed for the most demanding applications while offering the longest runtimes in the industry.

For more information on U.S. Battery’s line of 8-volt deep-cycle batteries, or any of the company’s line of performance products, contact U.S. Battery Manufacturing, 1675 Sampson Ave. Corona, CA 92879. (800) 695-0945. Visit www.usbattery.com.

Benefits Of Using A Single Point Watering System

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Dan Grigsby of U.S. Battery Manufacturing, demonstrates the benefits and procedures of using a single point watering system, and how a group of six flooded lead-acid batteries can be watered in less than a minute.  In addition to simplifying battery maintenance, Grigsby explains how proper watering can help extend the life and performance of flooded lead-acid batteries.

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How To Install A Battery Watering Technologies System 

U.S. Battery Recommended Single Point Watering Systems

How To Measure A Flooded Lead Acid Battery’s State Of Charge

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U.S. Battery Manufacturing provides informative tips on how to measure a battery’s state-of-charge in the company’s newest Tech Tips video. The video explains  in detail on the benefits of being able to measure the state of charge in a flooded lead-acid battery, and how to perform the operation with a simple hydrometer. By using the information demonstrated in the video, U.S. Battery Manufacturing customers and dealers can determine a variety of battery conditions and overall battery health, as well as diagnose potential problems. U.S. Battery Manufacturing is dedicated to providing its customers and dealers with helpful  information and tips to properly maintain battery performance and extend service life. Other Tech-Tip videos and articles are available on the newly re-designed U.S. Battery website, at www.usbattery.com.  The new video on how to measure a battery’s state of charge is also available on the company’s YouTube and Facebook social media sites to view and share. For more information, contact U.S. Battery Manufacturing, 1675 Sampson Ave. Corona, CA 92879. (800) 695-0945. Visit https://www.usbattery.com.

How To Select The Right Golf Car Battery

By Fred Wehmeyer, Senior Vice President/Engineering U.S. Battery Manufacturing

Every golf car fleet manager knows that flooded lead acid batteries used for powering their fleet will eventually need to be replaced. Purchasing new batteries can be expensive so it’s important to do the research and select batteries with the longest cycle life and the lowest cost per cycle over their lifetime. Finding the “best” set of batteries however, requires more than just comparing the ratings on the labels and prices.

To find the best battery for your application(s), start by determining the correct size, voltage and ampere hour (AH) capacity required for your specific golf car.  For older cars, increase the AH capacity by ~20 percent to allow an added margin for efficiency.  Check the battery manufacturer’s rating charts to determine which battery provides the proper voltage, AH capacity, and/or runtime that matches your application.  If you’re comparing batteries from different manufacturers, it’s important to carefully check the information to be sure you’re comparing apples-to-apples.

Battery cycle life ratings are often based on selective data from the manufacturer.  Typically, cycle life ratings are determined by the depth of discharge (DOD), the percentage of AH capacity discharged from the battery on each discharge.  As an example, a battery with an 80 percent DOD has only 20 percent of its capacity left. Most battery manufacturers recommend a 50 percent DOD for optimum cycle life vs runtime, but cycle life can be quoted at a wide variety of DOD ratings. This can result in what appears to show a longer cycle life for one battery type over another but may not be an accurate comparison.  When comparing cycle life ratings, make sure they are rated using the same DOD. This will give you a good point to start.

Because test methods, temperatures, charging algorithms, and charging methods all affect cycle life, relying on printed ratings shouldn’t be your only point of reference. Generally speaking, less expensive batteries may have fewer or lighter internal components (lead plates and plate construction) and may have shorter cycle life in the same application due to greater DOD.  Batteries with more or heavier plates will typically have longer cycle life but will also cost more initially. So a less expensive battery might be a better choice for someone with a golf car that is used occasionally or won’t be driven for long periods between charges.  However, for fleets with golf cars that see heavy cycling, a higher capacity battery would benefit them by providing longer run times and lower DOD resulting in longer cycle life.

All that being said, when comparing battery brands to determine which one will be best, be sure to understand the differences between your application and standard test conditions.  Manufacturers test batteries in laboratory environments that are intended to simulate actual conditions encountered in a variety of applications.  These conditions may not perfectly duplicate those in your application, but by understanding the differences, the best comparison can be made.  If possible, take notes on use patterns, charging practices, and battery maintenance frequency and compare with the battery manufacturers’ recommendations.  Ultimately you may find that one brand stands out from the others and offers you the best performance-per-dollar in your application.

For more information on battery life cycle ratings and to find information on U.S. Battery products, visit the company’s website at www.usbattery.com.

Safe Handling Tips For Servicing Flooded Lead Acid Batteries

Performing maintenance on flooded lead-acid batteries in golf car fleets can get to be routine for fleet managers and workers who perform these tasks on a weekly or monthly basis. But no matter how routine, making safety a top priority must remain a key factor for those who regularly handle lead-acid batteries.

Even though lead acid batteries are handled safely on a daily basis by millions of battery users and maintenance personnel worldwide, unfortunately improper handling can result in easily preventable injuries.  According to a variety of occupational safety and hazard organizations, nearly 2,300 people in the U.S. are injured each year while working with or around lead acid batteries.  To prevent accidents or injuries when working on or around batteries, it is important to implement these 10 safety procedures and make sure fleet managers and employees always follow them:

1) Always wear protective eyewear and gloves. The electrolyte in flooded lead acid batteries contains sulfuric acid. The electrolyte can not only damage clothes, but it will burn skin if left untreated. If you come into contact with the battery’s electrolyte, wash and flush the area with water immediately.  If it comes into contact with your eyes, flush immediately with water for 15 minutes and promptly seek medical attention. Providing easily accessible eye wash stations is required in most industrial sites.  Consult OSHA standards for more information.

2) Eliminate sources of sparks or flames. Charging lead acid batteries produces hydrogen and oxygen gases from the electrolyte. When performing maintenance on lead acid batteries, a spark or flame can ignite these gases and could cause the battery to explode.

3) Keep metal tools and jewelry away from batteries. Non-insulated tools or jewelry can run the risk of arcing if accidental contact is made between a battery terminal and grounded frame or another terminal. Also, gold or silver jewelry can become extremely hot if contact is made.  Always wear gloves and use insulated tools to remove terminals and battery hold-downs.

4) Use caution when removing a lead acid battery. Lead acid batteries are heavy and many accidental injuries occur when lifting or moving batteries by hand. Use a battery carrier or make sure you have a good grip on the battery and have the strength to hold it safely.

5) Keep a neutralizing solution close by.  A baking soda and water solution neutralizes the sulfuric acid in the battery’s electrolyte. Create a small solution in a jar or container and keep it close by. If some electrolyte is accidentally spilled, you can immediately use the solution to clean the area, then rinse with water.  Note: Do not use baking soda solution in eye wash bottles or stations.

6) Use the correct type of charger. Not all battery chargers are the same or work properly on a flooded lead-acid battery. Refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations on how to properly charge the battery and make sure your charger provides the best algorithm that maximizes battery life and power output. Battery charging should always be done in a well-ventilated area.

7) Maintain electrolyte at proper levels. Never use a garden hose to fill batteries. Use only distilled or deionized water in a watering pitcher, water caddy or an automated watering system to properly fill batteries. Never fill battery cells above the level indicator. If the electrolyte level is below the tops of the battery plates prior to charging, add just enough water to cover them. Once the battery has been fully recharged, bring the water level up to approximately ¼ inch from the bottom of the fill well indicator.  Never fill a low cell all the way to the fill well indicator before charging.

8) Store batteries in a cool, dry and ventilated area. If you store large quantities of batteries, be sure the area is clear of any heat sources, flames, and sparks. Clearly post “No Smoking” and “Flammable” signs in the area.

9) Make sure battery vent caps are fully seated in place. Loose or improperly seated vent caps can spill electrolyte and expose the gases inside the battery to conditions that could cause an explosion.

10) Dedicate an area for battery maintenance. Prevent accidents by dedicating an area for battery maintenance that has properly insulated tools, protective wear, a wash station, ventilation and plenty of workspace.

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For more information, contact U.S. Battery Manufacturing, 1675 Sampson Ave., Corona, CA 92879. (800) 695-0945. Visit www.usbattery.com.

Flooded Lead Acid Battery Maintenance: Are Battery Watering Systems Worth The Cost?

Is watering a battery manually versus using a watering system actually saving you money in the long run?

By Fred Wehmeyer, Senior Vice President/Engineering U.S. Battery Manufacturing

Golf courses always look for ways to reduce their maintenance costs. But cutting corners with battery maintenance on a golf car fleet can have a dramatic affect on the life expectancy of their deep-cycle batteries. One of those essential maintenance procedures is watering. But the decision to add water manually, versus using a more expensive automated watering system, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s saving you any money in the long run.

While it may seem easier and cost effective to use a garden hose to refill each battery cell, the fact is, you could actually be damaging the batteries and reducing their life expectancy. First of all, no battery manufacturer recommends using a garden hose to refill the water in any deep-cycle battery.  If you prefer to water manually, make sure to use only distilled water, and take carful measurements. Use a water delivery gun, watering pitcher or at the very least, some type of measuring cup to ensure you’re delivering the right amount for each cell. The electrolyte should be kept about 1/4-inch below the bottom of the fill-well in the battery’s cell cover.

Watering systems on the other hand, automatically and precisely fill each battery cell with the right amount. You can also water multiple batteries at once. While watering systems are easy to use, and can save lots of time, they are an added expense for a large fleet.

So to determine which method is most cost effective, we first have to decide how often the batteries must be watered, and the amount of time and cost it takes to water the entire fleet. On average, medium to heavy use golf courses should water their fleet’s batteries at least once per month.

Watering batteries manually takes about 15-30 seconds per cell, and typically involves removing the vent caps, using a watering pitcher or water caddy, (never use a garden hose), and replacing the vent caps.  For a 48-volt golf car, this would translate to approximately 6 to 12 minutes per car.  Multiply that times an average 100-car fleet, and watering once per month translates to 120 to 240 hours per year.  Not bad, but also add in $15 per hour for an average technician, and your maintenance costs can average $1,800 to $3,600 per year.

Compared to a watering system, the time is reduced to 1 to 2 minutes per car, for any size battery pack (no vent cap removal and replacement is required on many watering systems). For the same 100 car fleet, watered once per month, the maintenance time per year is reduced down to 20 to 40 hours, and at a cost of $300 to $600 per year.  That’s a reduction in cost of $1500 to $3000 per year or $7500 to $15,000 over a five year life expectancy of the batteries.

Many golf courses think watering systems are just too expensive, and that doing it by hand must be cheaper in the long run. But consider that the expected life of a watering system is somewhat longer than five years. Many fleet managers that do utilize a watering system claim they can get 10 years out of it, with a moderate level of maintenance and replacement parts.  If we add all the numbers up, the cost of a typical watering system is approximately $100 per car. The cost for the 100 car fleet is approximately $10,000. With this type of investment however, a golf course could expect the payback period to be three to seven years with extended battery life as a bonus.

So for larger fleets, the upfront cost of a watering system can make a significant difference in the long run. But, not every fleet is the same, so you’ll have to figure in your numbers for yourself, to see what’s best for your particular fleet.  Check the websites on various watering system manufacturers. They often have an online calculator that can help measure your return on the investment.

Saving money on maintenance costs is one benefit, but if you can also dramatically increase the life of your fleet’s batteries, then you could see some real savings that might change the way you think about battery maintenance, and the importance of carefully watering your batteries.
Find additional resources on battery maintenance and ways to increase battery efficiency and service life, visit U.S. Battery’s website at www.usbattery.com.

Battery Sales And Service Is Awarded A New EZGO Golf Car By U.S. Battery

Don Wallace CMO, Executive VP U.S. Battery awarded Scooter Anderson of Battery Sales and Service (seated) with an EZGO Golf Car for meeting U.S. Battery’s distributor incentive program.

U.S. Battery Manufacturing awarded Battery Sales and Service with a new EZGO golf car, for meeting the challenges of U.S. Battery’s 2013 distributor incentive program.  “Battery Sales and Service is proud to have met the requirements set forth by US Battery in winning the EZ Go golf car,” says Scooter Anderson owner of Battery Sales and Service. “The task was achieved as a result of representing the great products produced by U.S. Battery.”

Battery Sales and Service was founded in 1977 and has been providing the Mid-South and Gulf Coast with wholesale and retail batteries, battery tools and accessories, as well as repair and recycling services. ” We chose the U.S. Battery line of deep cycle batteries because of their unsurpassed commitment  to quality, and their partnering with their distributors,” says Anderson. “We admire U.S. Battery’s constant quest to improve what already  is considered the best deep cycle batteries on the market.”

Battery Sales and Service is based out of Memphis, Tennessee and has other locations in major cities in the south including, Atlanta, Jackson, Nashville, New Orleans, Birmingham and Mobile. “Our relationship with Battery Sales and Services goes way back, and remains as one of our most valued distributors,” says Don Wallace, CMO, Executive VP U.S. Battery Manufacturing. “We’re happy that they have been able to exceed the goals we’ve set and have continued to partner with us to extend U.S. Battery’s products to new and existing customers.”

For more information, contact U.S. Battery Manufacturing, 1675 Sampson Ave. Corona, CA 92879. (800) 695-0945. Visit www.usbattery.com.

U.S. Battery Awards Royal Battery Distributors Inc. With A EZGO Golf Car

Royal Battery Distributors Inc. was awarded a new EZGO golf cart by U.S. Battery Co. for meeting goals in a 2013 distributor incentive program.  “We continue to grow the U.S. Battery brand within our markets,” says Cory Tattoli of Royal Battery. “We opened two new branches last year, and hired some great people.”

Founded in 1921 Royal Battery has been based in Florida since 1976, and continues to offer a wide selection of battery products and battery related services to its customers.  “Working with the Royal Battery Team for almost 20 years has been as amazing experience, says George Stratis, U.S. Battery regional sales manager.  “We’re very happy they were able to meet our goals and I was glad to personally present them with a small token of our appreciation.”

With four locations located in Kissimmee, Daytona, Palm Bay, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Royal Battery Distributors Inc. is a premiere distributor of U.S. Battery products to the region. The company also provides trained professionals at each location and conducts recycling of lead acid batteries at an EPA approved lead smelting location. For more information, contact U.S. Battery Manufacturing, 1675 Sampson Ave. Corona, CA 92879. (800) 695-0945. Visit www.usbattery.com.