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June 30, 2009

EnerSys Launches a New EAS Unit at Horsham
By Jai C.S.
TMCnet Contributor

EnerSys, a company specializing in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, has reportedly expanded its lithium-based capabilities with the launch of an EnerSys (News - Alert) Advanced Systems (EAS) unit in Budapest, Hungary.

The company also has an EAS unit located in Horsham, Pa., near Philadelphia. The new launch, as mentioned by the company, was in response to the growing demand for lithium-ion batteries.
The new EAS unit will be led by Laszlo (News - Alert) Nagy and is said to offer its customers with additional resources for the design and assembly of advanced lithium-ion batteries. Moreover, the unit will have a team of engineers for customer assistance in lithium-based applications.
"Our investment in lithium-ion technology demonstrates the commitment to meeting the ever growing, worldwide demand for small- and large-format lithium products," said John Craig, chairman, president and chief executive officer at EnerSys.
"While this technology is more expensive than our existing nickel and lead-acid battery solutions, there are applications where the premium can be justified, added Craig.
EnerSys has been offering several brands of solutions ranging from batteries, chargers, accessories and service for various applications for telecommunications, UPS, security, emergency lighting, electric utilities/switchgear, medical, cable TV, general electronics, sports & leisure, mobility, military, aviation, renewable energy, rail signal and so on.
New lithium-based battery products for defense applications have been developed and launched at EAS in Horsham since its acquisition as the former ATK (News - Alert) Power Sources Center.
The company’s joint venture with Modular Energy Devices Inc. develops small-format lithium-ion products for customers, including those in the telecommunications industry. In alliance with GAIA, a German unit of LTC Corp., the company had earlier engaged to develop large-format lithium-ion products, primarily for defense and industrial applications.
As telecommunications technology advances, end users seek ways to upgrade their facilities quickly, without retrofitting existing structures. In addition to being smaller and lighter, lithium-ion batteries comes with another advantage of not demanding venting, making them more flexible for use in distributed power architecture that incorporates DC power sources and batteries with newly installed equipment.
"We will continue to invest in advanced solutions to meet our customer's needs. In the quickly changing environment for energy storage, we are convinced that there are good growth opportunities for lithium, nickel and advanced lead solutions. All of these technologies bring some unique performance characteristics valued by our customers in cost, power, energy, cycle life and ease of recycling, so we will keep investing," mentioned Craig.
This recent expansion also reportedly includes the acquisition of GAZ in Zwickau, Germany for nickel-based battery products, other than the investments and alliance for lithium-based battery products.

Jai C.S. is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jai's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jessica Kostek


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