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Battery firm powers meter readers

Posted by iNext - 2005-12-19

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Tadiran Batteries Ltd. has been awarded a four-year, $30 million contract for the supply of lithium batteries to Neptune Technology Group Inc., one of the world's leading manufacturers of automatic meter reading (AMR) devices for water utilities.

Igal Carmi, CEO of Tadiran (Port Washington, N.Y.), said that the award is in addition to the company’s previous order of $5 million from Neptune. Neptune, a pioneer in the development of AMR technology, is a provider of data collection systems, reading over 38 million meters per month.

Carmi added that Tadiran's lithium batteries are aimed for the global AMR market, which is valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars. The AMR market is growing at 15-to-20 percent annually.

Tadiran’s PulsesPlus battery consists of lithium thionyl chloride, combined with a hybrid layer capacitor. This technology is capable of supplying high energy density and high operating voltage under high pulse discharge currents, according to the company.

The PulsesPlus batteries have a very wide operating temperature range of minus 40 degrees Celsius to plus 85 degrees Celsius and a discharge rate of less than 0.5 percent per year). The battery can provide 10 to 20 years of operating life under extreme conditions with maximum safety.

These characteristics make PulsesPlus batteries suitable for demanding applications such as water and gas meters, AMR, toll tags, medical equipment, emergency locating and tracking systems as well as military applications.

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