Applied Energy Solutions has developed its first true "green" energy battery charger for the motive power industry. The Maverick is a high-efficiency charger that minimizes the amount of power drawn, giving users of forklift truck fleets and other electric utility vehicles cost savings, reduced CO2 emissions, and additional power capacity. It is available in conventional, opportunity, and rapid charge start rates.
The Maverick High-Frequency Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (HF-IGBT) Charger returns more energy at a lower cost than conventional chargers, according to the manufacturer. It offers a full load power factor of 0.95 for high efficiency, with documented energy cost savings to most distribution centers of $100 to $200 per year per battery.
The Maverick's TCC 2.0 controller allows for lower battery recharge temperature due to a very low ripple current. In addition, the IGBT switching efficiencies at medium and high power are higher and the drive circuitry is simpler. This means that the Maverick can be used at higher frequencies without the audio noise found in many conventional chargers.
Additional energy savings can be realized by using the unit's programmable controls, which enable users to stagger the charger start time outside high-cost peak demand periods. A delayed start feature offers a range from 15 minutes to 4 hours in 15-minute intervals.
Other features include an auto refresh charge every 24 hours, a programmable charge termination when the battery voltage reaches gassing, a remote control interface, and an auto start with fivesecond delay. The system will also automatically shut down whenever the final charge exceeds a time limit, whenever the maximum battery temperature is exceeded, or for excessive voltage or charge current irregularities. Digital readout displays and LED charge status indicators help operators monitor battery status.
Company: Applied Energy Solutions (AES)
Company Phone: (800) 836-2132
Company URL: www.appliedenergysol.com