Batteries and Portable Power

ECO-H Technologies Develops Hybrid Power Management System with Saft Li-ions

Saft has been awarded a contract from ECO-H Technologies, Inc. for the delivery of the first Intensium® Flex Li-ion battery system to power and store energy for the ECO-H System. The ECO-H System is a patent-pending Hybrid Power Management System for the oil and gas industry developed by ECO-H Technologies and distributed by Tesco Corporation. Through its ability to provide power and store energy using Saft Li-ion batteries, the system allows for immediate on-demand power and the levelling of power usage peaks for rigs. Additionally, the system is equipped with a power management control system to regulate gensets and optimize efficiency. The ECO-H System offers both financial and environmental benefits to the oil and gas sector through the reduction of fuel consumption, fuel emissions and operating expenses.

The pilot system was built around Saft's high-power Li-ion systems and expertise, using its Intensium® Flex Li-ion battery with a nominal capacity of 696Vdc at 500 kW for 525 kWh of energy. The battery design also allows for peak shaving and load levelling, creating a more efficient system that requires one less generator and decreases daily fuel costs, the rig's carbon footprint and provides the opportunity for operators to earn government carbon credits.

Li-ion technology was selected for the application due to its high cycling capabilities and long life cycle not offered by traditional chemistries. The advanced battery system provides a lightweight, high-energy density that eases onsite placement of the product and reduces transportation costs.

"We are pleased to be selected as a partner by ECO-H Technologies to participate in enabling the application of their new system, and we anticipate this will generate future growth," said Thomas Alcide, President, Saft America, Inc. "This Saft-powered Hybrid Power Management System is an example of Li-ion technology's ability to open doors to new applications in the oil and gas industry and offer efficient solutions for greater rig productivity."

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