Tubular Battery Techology 101

Written by: Randy Anderson Technical Sales & Training Manager

Tubular Plate Battery Technology falls within both flooded and gel battery types. These batteries are typically used in renewable, off-grid, critical power configurations and backup system applications.  Tubular Plate Battery Technology provides the industry's longest life and largest capacity energy storage options by utilizing a tubular shaped positive grid that is surrounded in active material and encapsulated in a fiber gauntlet.

Below are the top five reasons why tubular plate batteries are the best battery technology for your hybrid or off-grid solar energy storage project:

  1. Longest lasting in lead acid category in cycling applications
  2. Lowest cost of lifetime kWh of any storage technology
  3. Lower first cost than Lithium Ion
  4. Low maintenance
  5. Many storage size options in both flooded and sealed gel

Battery Energy Storage for Off-grid and Backup power applications can often require the greatest proportion of total system investment. Tubular Plate Battery Technology provides the longest battery life and maximum configuration options available to ensure your lowest total cost of ownership. 

Discover Advanced Tubular batteries feature tubular grids and multi-tube gauntlets that encapsulate the positive plate active material resulting in cyclic stability, longer life and higher capacity than flat plate batteries. Canadian Energy Carries both types of Discover Tubular Batteries: OPzS an OPzV.

OPzS Tubular Plate Cells & Blocks 

OPzS Tubular Flooded batteries provide maximum efficiency per discharge-charge cycle, and have proven reliability in remote, high temperature, or unstable power network installations. The proven cycle and float life of Discover Advanced Tubular Plate technology, combined with low maintenance needs, provides users with the lowest overall cost of ownership versus high quality lead acid batteries designed for stationary and renewable energy applications. OPzS batteries are often suitable for telecom systems, monitoring and control systems, signaling systems (for railway stations, airports and seaports), UPS, and renewable energy systems.

OPzV Tubular Plate Cells & Blocks

A gelled electrolyte or "gel" battery is sealed using special pressure valves making it completely maintenance-free, much like an AGM battery, and can be operated in virtually any position. But where an AGM battery uses glass mat fibers to trap the electrolyte, gel batteries use athixotropic gel. The gel inside a gelled electrolyte battery has the appearance and consistency of petroleum jelly. The "acid-starved" condition of gel batteries protects the plates during heavy deep discharges, making them ideal for renewable energy applications.

OPzV Tubular Gel batteries provide maximum efficiency per discharge-charge cycle, and proven reliability in remote, high temperature, or unstable power installations. They are mainly used in signaling systems, monitoring and control systems, telecom systems, UPS and renewable energy systems. The proven cycle and float of Discover Advanced Tubular Plate technology, combined with maintenance-free needs, provides end users with the lowest overall cost of ownership versus other high quality lead acid batteries designed for stationary and renewable energy applications.

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