September 10, 2020: Exide Technologies has launched a battery for telecoms and electric utility applications, the France-headquartered battery maker said on September 3.
The GNB Marathon FTX range of advanced AGM batteries is ideal, the firm says, for 5G and progressive network diversification, with an extended service life at extreme operating temperatures of -40°C to 55°C.
“Its special diamond side-wall design maintains battery integrity in extreme temperatures, ensuring that all internal components remain tightly packed with no degradation in performance,” it says.
“Otherwise, plastic components soften when exposed to heat, which weakens the contact between the plates and separator.”
“Network densification is a major topic in the telecom industry, as network operators find ways to meet the ever-increasing demands of 5G,” says Serge Arbes, senior business director for network power, EMEA at Exide.
“Managing both capital and operating expenditure is a major focus for network operators in this environment, and the Marathon FT is specially designed to reduce cooling costs and minimize total cost of ownership.”
The new-look Exide — which now does not include the former company’s North American side of the business since its sale to Atlas Holdings in May — has also launched a battery testing app to make it easier for workshops to test and replace batteries, the firm said on September 1.
The company is working to schedule in finalizing its structure and management team, said a company spokesperson. The announced appointments so far are Stefan Stübing as executive vice president for Exide EMEA and Daniel Royer as senior vice president for manufacturing and supply chain planning.