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April 18, 2011
-Module has lifespan of over 10 years*1 with a wide range of applications including as a backup power source or for load-leveling during peak electricity periods-
*1 When charged/discharged once daily at room temperature (23°C)
April 18, 2011
(revised on May 10, 2011)
Starting in the end of April 2011, Sony will begin volume shipments of energy storage modules that use rechargeable lithium-ion batteries made with olivine-type lithium-ion iron phosphate as the cathode material (hereafter referred to as ‘olivine-type lithium-ion iron phosphate cell’). These energy storage modules have a lifespan of over 10 years, excellent safety performance, rapid recharging capabilities and high scalability. Sample shipments of the new module began in June last year and Sony decided to begin volume shipments after rigorous testing and experimentation with various applications.
|Model name||Start of volume production||Price|
energy storage module
|End of April 2011||Open pricing|
This energy storage module has 1.2kWh capacity and multiple modules can be connected either in series or in parallel to easily expand the voltage or capacity. When used in conjunction with a control device, the module can be as a backup power supply for data servers or mobile phone reception towers. Alternatively it can be an energy storage system for residential use. In addition, the module can be incorporated into recharging stations for electric vehicles as the technology for the built-in rechargeable olivine-type lithium-ion iron phosphate cells facilitates rapid recharging and high power output. The modules will be sold primarily to system integrators incorporating power supply systems for cluster housing, offices, schools and installers of industrial power supply equipment.
Sony is positioning the energy storage business, for which demand is increasing, as a new cornerstone for its rechargeable lithium-ion battery business, and is aiming for sales of 30,000 units of its 1.2kWh energy storage module in the first year.
[ Background Information ]
In recent years, there has been increasing demand in the energy storage system market for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, which boast superior energy efficiency, higher power density and excellent storage characteristics, as substitutes for commonly-used batteries made from lead or nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cad). More efficient energy storage systems were developed as part of environmental measures to reduce CO2 emissions, but these modules are also garnering attention for their usefulness as emergency power sources in times of disaster or as load-leveling measures during peak electricity periods.
Sony will begin volume shipments of its rechargeable olivine-type lithium-ion iron phosphate cell energy modules, which are characterized by their long lifespan of over 10 years*1, their advanced performance safety , rapid recharging capabilities, and high scalability. The highly scalable modules enable voltage and capacity to be customized to suit various applications, while the compact body design ensures compatibility with a wide range of uses.
[ Main features of the energy storage module ]
[ Long life ]
[ High performance safety ]
[ Rapid recharging performance ]
[ High scalability ]
6. Variables such as the voltage and capacity can be customized for different applications by connecting multiple modules either in series or in parallel. Each module is compatible with a high power output of up to a maximum 2.5kW. Furthermore, at 19 inches (2U), the module size is also suitable for fitting to standard computer server racks.
[ Other features ]
Nominal voltage: 51.2V
Maximum output: 2.5kW
Standard recharging conditions: 2.5 hours at 57.6V / 24A
Dimensions: 432×421×80mm (excluding attachment fixtures and fittings)
Weight: approximately 17kg
For customer enquiries, please contact:
LI Battery Division 2, Sony Energy Devices Corporation