To keep the spirit of the Top Tier Product awards going year-round, I’ll be putting one innovative product on display every month. I decided to use this space to make the announcement, but, in the future, the editor’s pick will be an eMagazine exclusive. So, if you haven’t already, subscribe for free and stay up to date on the latest and greatest technologies available today.
Since green means go, I’m going to kick off this new adventure with the grid | Xtreme VR from Hoppecke, which just so happens to be the winner of the Top Tier Products in the Batteries category. Let’s check it out …
Hoppecke chose the color green for its grid | Xtreme VR batteries to symbolize their sustainable nature. These high-performance pure lead (HPPL) industrial batteries offer an innovative energy solution for stabilizing power grids in data centers, hospitals, and power plants.
“A steadily growing share of renewable energies and the resulting fluctuating energy sources show that we will have to reckon with strongly fluctuating power grid quality (not only in Europe) in the future,” said Thomas Selzer, sales manager for central Europe at Hoppecke.
The Xtreme VR meets the challenges of urbanization, energy transition, digitization, and electromobility.
“The decisive factor for the high energy and power density of the Hoppecke grid | Xtreme VR is the use of pure lead as electrode material, which has superior corrosion properties compared to all known lead alloys,” said Selzer. “The result is that it requires a comparatively small space, which has a positive effect on investment costs.”
The significance of this is reflected in the scoring.
“Hoppecke appears to have a long-standing presence in Europe and has found some design changes which may place them at an advantage in the market,” one of the judges said. “Investment in research and development is critical to remain competitive in the battery market, and it appears Hoppecke has done their homework.”
Optional metal reinforcements ensure increased dimensional stability over the entire battery life and at elevated ambient temperatures.
“This allows installation in cabinets or on racks with limited need for continuous and costly air conditioning,” said Selzer.
When restoring the operational and functional capability of the UPS system after a discharge, the batteries also benefit from their fast-charging capability, which allows higher charging currents with the given infrastructure. Furthermore, separate contact points on the battery poles help to determine the status quickly and easily by means of impedance measurement — even when installed.