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Stromcore: Lithium Forklifts Have Finally Come of Age

Thursday, 22 Feb 2018 ( #860 )
Stromcore Lithium-Ion Batteries

Stromcore Energy is a lithium-ion technology developer with intellectual property that is shaking up the forklift industry.   The Stromcore battery line (36V/48V/80V) empowers existing fleets to reach true maximum productivity.

Keep your fleet, add Lithium-Ion

The next time you are about to purchase batch of lead-acid batteries for your electric forklifts, stop and think about Lithium.  Stromcore offers retrofit solutions compatible with 95% of vehicles on the market in 36V/48V/80V.  The forklift requirements, notably minimum weight, are always met and can even be significantly exceeded upon request.  Batteries come with a robust monitor that mounts on the forklift to display the power gauge.  Since Lithium does not slow down at low charge levels, the monitor displays warnings and, if ignored, the battery deliberately slows down its functionalities at 10%.  Stromcore even integrates proprietary sensors and algorithms to understand drive modes and keep the operator safe.   The installation process takes under an hour: simple remove the lead-acid from the forklift, install the Lithium battery, switch it on and experience the difference.

Lithium Sit Down Vehicle

Take control of the 24-hour cycle

Stromcore's lithium batteries are the first to allow forklifts to run a full 24 hours without charging.  They offer over 50% more range than other lithium options or hydrogen fuel cell packs.   You get to decide exactly when to charge the battery, not the other way around.  For instance, select the point in the day where power is the cheapest and reduce peak load.  Also, power through your busy periods without having to worry about charge breaks.   Charger positioning is no longer of paramount importance because visits can occur as seldom as once per day.  Rethink what is possible with a full 24 hours of productivity at your disposal.

Lithium Fast Charging
Charge faster than ever before

When compared to lead-acid, Lithium batteries benefit from a higher energy efficiency meaning that they will charge 15-20% faster with the exact same charger.  Stromcore offers integration with all 'smart' chargers, meaning those that communicate with the battery via CAN or another hardwired protocol.   If you already run opportunity or fast charging, you can opt to keep your existing chargers (as well as your current forklifts).  For those wishing to unleash Lithium's full fast-charge potential, Stromcore currently offers models capable of reaching 600A.  Further developments are underway to reach up to 1200A, or triple what is currently considered lead-acid fast charging.  This equates to around 24 hours of runtime in under an hour of charging.

Lithium Installation
Forget maintenance, join the cloud

Lithium batteries do not require any maintenance or downtime for equalization, they simply run.  This breakthrough means that operations can finally tout 24/7 runtime and actually have the forklifts that deliver the merchandise.  Currently, the facility may be open 24/7, but significant time is lost swapping batteries or watering and equalizing lead-acid cells.  Lithium promises to make conventional maintenance a thing of the past.  Meanwhile, Stromcore is pioneering the next phase: advanced data monitoring and analytics.  Each battery can be equipped with a modem that reports the vehicle's performance metrics to the cloud.  Warehouse managers get to sit back and witness how all their trucks are operating and generate reports to identify productivity improvements.  Data also enables Stromcore's technicians to spot anomalies before they can cause downtime.  Batteries are finally joining the Internet era.

36V for Narrow Aisle Forklifts
Windfalls for frozen warehousing

Stromcore has developed a unique heating mechanism to enable seamless operation in cold and freezer environments, while using only 1-2% of the battery's own capacity.  Frozen warehousing is typically afflicted with particularly poor lead-acid performance, especially if extended periods are spent in the cold.  Stromcore's lithium batteries can operate indefinitely in freezers and even charge at -30oC.   For the first time, frozen operations can enjoy the same productivity as their warmer counterparts.  The savings and the productivity gains are even more significant in these warehouses.

Boost your drive

Among the perks, lithium also offers faster lifting and greater acceleration on existing vehicles, leading employees to feel empowered by their new abilities.  Furthermore, the ease of having ample energy and the sudden lifting of the productivity ceiling allows them to focus on the task at hand. This will boost general output.  Naturally, management can measure the payoffs by accessing the data in real time!

48V/80V for Sit Down Counterbalance
Return On Investment

Stromcore's lithium batteries are a viable solution for intensive warehouses and distribution centers.  The following operations will see a positive ROI:
  • 2 or 3 shift battery swapping
  • Cold & Freezer storage
  • Fast-charging lead-acid
  • Considering hydrogen fuel cells
  • 24/7 LP gas or gasoline fleets
  • Sustainability or health conscious

Please inquire for a free evaluation.

Please contact:

Stromcore Energy Inc.
Maxime Vidricaire
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