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Li-SOCl2 primary lithium battery technology, a solution that mitigates industrial risk, compatible with ATEX environments.
Dedicated engineers have been very valuable to us. We believe that building partnerships with our suppliers is a key factor in achieving our goals. We expect flexibility and collaboration from our partners in order to deliver cutting-edge products to our core markets. The contribution of Saft during the development of our NEON products process was tremendous.Joost Peters Product Owner
Dutch tank storage company, Vopak, operates a total of 66 gas, oil, chemical and bio fuel storage terminals throughout the world. That’s a total of more than 250,000 valves of different variations that require continued monitoring in order to avoid spillage and potential hazardous situations.
To address these concerns, Vopak has teamed up with TWTG to create a smart sensor that can be retrofitted on manual valves to offer granular insight into operations and industrial assets in ATEX /IECEx zone 1 environments. The devices are part of TWTG’s NEON product line; they are battery-powered and connected using LoRaWAN technology. They continuously monitor infrastructure status, sending near real-time updates, thus increasing the overall safety of Vopak’s sites and optimizing business processes.
Having to comply with ATEX European regulations makes the deployment of these devices a complex engineering quest. Requirements include an extended ambient temperature range of -40°C to +80°C, which must be combined with cutting-edge, low-power engineering. Additionally, a minimum of 3 years battery life was requested to ensure reliability and the price had to allow for market competitiveness. A real conundrum when it came to finding a battery that met all of these standards.
TWTG spent many hours testing various battery solutions before deciding on Saft’s LS 17500 cell. Saft’s specialized knowledge, ATEX compliant solutions, and experience working in TWTG’s target markets weren't the only factors that prompted TWTG to choose Saft. Saft exhibited flexibility when special requests were made to further optimize the traceability of the device’s parts —one of the key elements for ATEX / IECEx compliance requirements for TWTG’s solution. Our team of experts worked closely with TWTG’s engineering team to find the best battery for their use case and optimize the device’s design within regulations.