A global research and battery manufacturer has introduced a special series of batteries for wind turbines. The LC-WTV and LC-WTP series of batteries are the latest iteration of Panasonic’s Valve-Regulated Lead Acid (VRLA) technology adapted to the specific and demanding needs of wind turbine applications.“These customized batteries provide superior performance in the tough environment of wind turbine energy systems. It continues our commitment to productive ‘green technologies’,” notes Dennis Malec, Senior Applications Engineer at Panasonic Industrial Company. Analysts project that total installed wind generating capacity, buoyed by renewable energy standards and other pro-wind policies, including those contained in economic stimulus packages in the United States, China, and elsewhere, will more than double by 2013.
Four new 12V batteries for blade pitch drives are key to Panasonic’s initial offering to this dynamic market. All feature flame-retardant cases of UL94V-0 resin. In more detail:
• The LC-WTV127R2 is a 7.2Ah VRLA battery while the LC-WTV1212 is a 12Ah VRLA unit. Their expected life is 5 years at 20°C and 3 years at 25°C based on a weekly discharge cycle of max 15 seconds•
The LC-WTP127r2 is a 7.2Ah VRLA battery with an expected life of 10 years at 20°C and 5 years at 25°C based on a weekly discharge cycle of max 15 seconds.
• The LC-WTP1212 is a 12Ah VRLA version with the same life expectancies as the WTP127r2.
Panasonic Industrial Co.
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