Liacon, European battery manufacturer, released a new, versatile lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) battery that can replace all Group 31 lead acid units.
“Group 31 batteries are one of the highest selling in the market,” says Philip Meek, Liacon CEO. “Delivery fleets, marine vessels, recreational vehicles, renewable energy storage, and construction equipment all use this standard. Lead acid batteries typically get 200-400 cycles before they fail. In comparison our lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) batteries have 10 times the life, cycling over 4,000 times.”
The new Group 31 LFP 12.8V 150 Ah battery has two to three times the energy of a lead-acid battery. It has 1,000 cranking amps for starting heavy-duty diesel engines, making it a versatile solution for energy and power needs.
Unlike traditional lithium-ion batteries with oxide-based chemistries, Liacon’s does not contain expensive and rare heavy metals like cobalt and nickel. It also does not contain lead, which is toxic to the environment.
“It makes them a sustainable battery choice for end-users,” Meek adds. “The LFP chemistry is also more stable and safer when compared to lithium-ion batteries with oxide based chemistries.”
LIACON LFP BENEFITS
Designed as a drop-in replacement, Liacon’s LFP battery does not require any change to existing charging systems. The energy storage capacity is also superior to typical lead acid units, and its stable discharge curve mitigates damage to sensitive electronics.
“Another advantage of the Liacon LFP battery is that the voltage during discharge is very stable and does not drop during discharging,” Meek explains. “Whereas lead acid’s voltage during discharge will rapidly drop. This varying voltage can be damaging to the sensitive electronics. Our LFP battery means companies get a high performance, safer battery that greatly reduces battery and electronics replacements, lowering the total cost of ownership over the lifetime of the application compared to lead-acid batteries.”
Timothy Mayne, CEO of Trion Battery Technologies, which owns Liacon, says Liacon has developed its LFP since before Trion acquired the company.
“We anticipate further disrupting the battery industry with Trion’s advanced materials that will result in superior cells, batteries, and systems to meet the world’s need for better energy,” Mayne says.