Industrial Batteries mean energy to so many manufacturers and suppliers. These batteries power all the heavy lifting behind the scenes including forklifts, trucks, and other heavy equipment. They are the energy source to power massive data centers that keep the internet online, and cell phone towers that keep you connected on the go, anywhere in the world. Industrial batteries are bigger, heavier, and more powerful than the consumer batteries you may be familiar with. But whether they’re large or small, Retriev has the technology,expertise, permits, people, and processes in place to make end-of-life resource management a cinch. Retriev offers environmentally approved shipping, handling, documentation, including flexible solutions and value added programs to customers who want to improve their bottom line, while maintaining eco-friendly recycling practices.
The hardworking hero of worldwide commerce, industrial batteries keep markets moving in ways that are invisible to most consumers. A forklift used to transport goods throughout a warehouse. A cell phone tower used to connect two people at a distance. An online data center used to stream your favorite movie or keep your information secure in the cloud. These are just some of the few applications that get their operating power, backup power, and energy regulation from large format industrial style batteries.
In recent years, Li-Ion batteries have emerged as a possible replacement for Lead Acid batteries in certain industrial applications. Li-Ion’s higher energy capacity and increased discharge rate make them very attractive for applications like energy regulation and storage, especially when combined with renewable sources like wind and solar power stations. Similar to Li-Ion Consumer varieties, Industrial Li-Ion batteries come in a number of variations, which include Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4), Lithium Manganese Oxide (LMO), Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide (NMC), and Lithium Titanate (LTO).
Li-Ion batteries contain tremendous amounts of energy, and for that reason can be reactive if mismanaged. Consequently, these batteries are regulated heavily and should only be stored, transported, and otherwise managed with great diligence. Retriev can ensure that your battery management program, from transportation to storage and processing, is all within environmental compliance with best of class practices.
Lead Acid batteries are the most common batteries used for industrial applications. Relatively inexpensive when compared to other Industrial Batteries, Lead Acids are ideal for stationary applications where battery weight is not crucial. For that reason, Lead batteries that range in size from 100 lbs. to 1000 lbs. (and beyond) are the standard chemistry used to power cell phone towers and large data centers. In addition, Lead Acid batteries are used to power heavy industrial equipment like forklifts, since the battery serves the dual purpose of creating a low center of gravity when goods are suspended high in the air.
Lead Acid batteries are composed of two highly hazardous components - Lead and Sulfuric Acid. For that reason, they are stringently regulated by governmental agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation. As one of the largest processors of Lead Acid batteries in the world, Retriev is the brand to trust with all of your battery management needs.
NiCad Industrial batteries are the quintessential "middle child". More expensive than Lead Acid batteries, but with less energy capacity than Li-Ion batteries, these batteries do not cater to either the budget-friendly or advanced energy markets. However, the NiCad Industrial battery is still useful in certain applications that require very high discharge rates because of its ability to perform under such conditions without damage or loss of capacity. Industrial NiCad batteries are distinguishable from Consumer NiCad batteries because of the larger size and free-flowing, liquid electrolyte contained in each battery cell.
Industrial NiCad batteries contain approximately 6% cadmium, a heavy toxic metal that requires that highest care during the battery recycling process. If you’re looking for an environmentally safe solution to managing your nickel cadmium batteries, Retriev is uniquely qualified with proven processes to safely manage your end-of-life NiCad batteries.