Flash Battery CEO and Founder Marco Righi talks about product development and safety in lithium batteries with New Power Progress journalist Roberta Prandi
Referring to developments in batteries for industrial use, it seems that lithium iron phosphate LFP batteries are the preferred choice for characteristics such as longer lifecycle and battery safety. Let’s explore the advantages in details with Marco Righi.
Among the available battery types, those utilizing LFP chemistry are the ones better responding to the needs of the industrial sector. LFP is the most stable and safer technology and is available in large capacity formats, something that’s required by industrial and off-highway machinery as it avoids the parallel connection of several small units to reach the necessary capacity. That’s a less stable solution that can compromise the safety of the entire working machine. The intrinsic safety of the battery chemistry and the achievable lifecycle are the most important parameters to consider when choosing what type of batteries are most suitable for a certain application. Flash Battery chose LiFePo4 chemistry for industrial and off-highway applications, as the operating life can exceed 4000 charging cycles.
But the choice of chemistry is not everything: The software for battery management systems does make the real difference in optimally exploiting the battery technology, guaranteeing reliability and performance over time. It also has a crucial role in the discharge phase, but even more so in the recharging process. When a BMS is designed with care and attention to detail, it guarantees complete control of the battery pack, including performance stability over time, malfunction prevention, self-diagnostic and predictive maintenance. That’s the case of Flash Balancing System, the proprietary electronic balancing system of Flash Battery.