By Cameron Chai
Balqon, a developer of lithium battery storage devices, drive systems and electric vehicles, has unveiled a new series of inexpensive high-capacity lithium batteries called HIQAP as a substitute for existing industrial deep cycle lead acid batteries.
The new HIQAP batteries are offered in 12, 24 and 48 V configurations with 700 to 1000 Ah amp hour capacity range. HIQAP lithium battery packs consist of Balqon proprietary Battery Management System and associated power electronics parts for direct substitution of present lead acid battery packs.
HIQAP battery packs are engineered to withstand huge daily loads that require better energy transfer efficiency and deep depth of discharge for telecom, off-grid storage, micro-grids and solar applications. They comprise large format 700 Ah and 1000 Ah, 3.25 VDC folded prismatic cells linked in a series. Based on depth of discharge, life cycles of these battery packs vary between 2,500 and 5,000 cycles. Low internal resistance of HIQAP batteries enables efficiency of more than 95% during energy transfer when compared to 80% efficiency of deep cycle lead acid batteries.
Balqon’s Chief Executive Officer, Balwinder Samra stated that the ever-increasing solar installations in the US and rising lead acid battery prices make HIQAP batteries a cost-effective solution for large energy storage applications. Lithium batteries’ high energy transfer efficiency and estimated operating life of more than 10 years enable users to capture an additional 15% energy from the solar panels. Lead pollution due to the usage of lead acid batteries can negatively impact the sustainable growth of the solar market. HIQAP as an affordable, durable, high-efficiency and zero-maintenance solution can promote the growth of the solar industry in the long-term.