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Q:
What new technologies are influencing battery, fuel cell or solar test equipment design?
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Answers:
Fuel Cells - The use of low cost coatings instead of precious metals for fuel cells. Being able to use alternative fuels. Larger companies, Ebay, Walmart, Google, Coca-Cola, FedEx, to name a few are giving the technology credibility. Also the majority of the installations are in California which has very stringent environmental laws.
~Kerry Ellquist, WasteWater Lead Treatment Plant Operator, Duluth, MN
Recharge rate & how good the solar cells are in conversion from solar to output.
~Hilton B, Electrician, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Lithium iron phosphate. Portable fuel cell infrastructure. Printable solar cell technology.
~Wayne T, Fire fighter, Marion south australia, Australia
The increase of the use of lipo technology. The imminent breakthrough in the inability of lipo to have rapid and high long term discharge rates and recharge rates
~Other, Abbotsford, Canada
I have not seen that great an advancement in test equipment design, it seems to be all similar equipment with updated components and different case design.
~Azri'el C., Business owner, Bucklin, MO
About battery technology, as i know, the most stable is Lithium-ion technology. (please note, I am not expert in this area, my knowledge is based on information generally available from press)
~Razvan Kadir, Logistics&Purchasing Department Chief- Construction, Bucharest, Romania
No any update available to us patterning testing to rectify our installation & maintaining problem.
~Nasir I, Engineer, Kano, Nigeria
We have not seen much technical advances in these types of batteries for heavy duty (as opposed to whating in electric cars etc)
~Bernard F, Purchaser, Shannon, Ireland
Technology Available, includes: Monitoring Capacity Record Keeping Capacity
~Max R, Engineering Consultant, Lima, Peru
Lithium Ion technology. Advanced lead acid battery consortium group
~Technical Support/Services, Dallas, TX
Many. Tesla Automotive, Electric Motorcycles, Electric Forklifts
~Jack Fitzgerald, Chief Operating Officer, Venice, FL
For battery impedence testing, pulse technology is influencing.
~Milind Joshi, Marketing/Sales, Mumbai, India
Gel acid batteries temperatures permitting. Lion when possible.
~Engineering, Other, Newport, Great Britain
Materials and manufacturing.
~Engineering, Design, Kalpakkam, India
Portability. Data logging.
~Engineering, Other, Santiago, Chile
Increasing equipment loads
~Robert C, Telecommunications Engineer, Denver, CO
New battery type
~Jerry Olson, Maintenance Supervisor, Colorado Springs, CO
Li-ion batteries
~Curtis A, Power Maintenance Engineer, Littleton, CO
Solar cells
~Richard R, Retired due to disabilities, Sandord, FL
Lithium ion
~John C, Marketing/Sales, Windsor, CT
MPPT
~Nelius De Lange, Design Engineer, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative battery, fuel cell or solar test equipment?
17 answers
Answers:
We have found that Actmeters - gold IBT to be a useful bit of kit in measuring available AH. For voltage current and watt measurements we use a Lem Heme 2050 test meter.
~Phil R, Engineering Consultant, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Nissan's LEAF battery technology. About the fuel cells, I don't think it is a mature technology, yet. About solar test equipment, i don't yet have an opinion.
~Razvan Kadir, Logistics&Purchasing Department Chief- Construction, Bucharest, Romania
Ballard fuel cell technologies. Toyota motor company. Ford motor company.
~Other, Abbotsford, Canada
None in this area - most concentrating on lithium batteries for cars.
~Bernard F, Purchaser, Shannon, Ireland
In battery, there is TROJAN, In solar panel, there is SHARP
~Nasir I, Engineer, Kano, Nigeria
Companies working on more capacity in lighter batteries.
~Max R, Engineering Consultant, Lima, Peru
A123 battery systems Thundersky battery systems
~Wayne T, Fire fighter, Marion south australia, Australia
Johnson Controls, Panasonic, many others.
~Technical Support/Services, Dallas, TX
European-Germany & Norway companies
~Hilton B, Electrician, Bloemfontein, South Africa
MICROCARE Outback Morning Star
~Nelius De Lange, Design Engineer, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
East penn, lyon station,PA.
~Michael O, General Management, Tucson, AZ
Hioki for Battery testing.
~Milind Joshi, Marketing/Sales, Mumbai, India
Panasonic, utc, A123
~John C, Marketing/Sales, Windsor, CT
Tesla, and me.,
~Jack Fitzgerald, Chief Operating Officer, Venice, FL
Argus Analyzers
~Curtis A, Power Maintenance Engineer, Littleton, CO
Ballard power
~Doug Pfaff, Technical Support/Services, Regina, Canada
BLOOM Energy
~Kerry Ellquist, WasteWater Lead Treatment Plant Operator, Duluth, MN

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