GE Energy Storage Technologies, a unit of GE Transportations, is launching the Durathon battery backup system for the telecoms industry at CTIA Wireless exhibition in Las Vegas this week.
The Durathon, the company says, features a proprietary sodium halide chemistry that allows it to last up to 10 times longer than traditional telecom backup storage systems in less space. GE spend US$160 million developing the Durathon system, which is also ‘temperature insensitive,’ requires no cooling, and can be deployed in locations around the world, including those with extreme weather conditions.
According to the company, Durathon batteries also last longer (more than 10 years) than traditional batteries, requires no maintenance, produces no toxic chemicals and is fully recyclable.
“As the telecommunications industry continues to expand, it’s essential that providers have reliable backup power to ensure continuous coverage for consumers in all areas of the globe,” said Prescott Logan, general manager, GE Energy Storage Technologies. “The Durathon battery will change the way providers think about backup energy storage and its importance in maintaining network availability.”
According to the company, the technology comes from its research into a power source that could conform to the limited space and rigorous demands of hybrid locomotives.
Durathon solutions are also available for Utilities, as well as in a UPS form for data centres and other high availability environments.