Saft lithium batteries to power Sensile Technologies’ smart telemetry devices for oil and gas storage

Paris, France – Saft, a designer and manufacturer of advanced batteries for industry, has agreed to supply Sensile Technologies, the Swiss machine-to-machine (M2M) equipment specialist, with over 20,000 primary lithium batteries to power smart remote GSM telemetry and level-monitoring systems for oil and gas storage tanks.

The batteries, based on Saft LS17500 lithium-thionyl chloride (Li-SOCl2) cells, offer a service life of 7 – 10 years. This reportedly makes them ideal for Sensile Technologies’ devices, which will be installed at remote locations for customers who demand reliability and long life. The 7.2 V 3.6 Ah batteries will power the latest generation SENTS™ devices that measure liquid or gas tank levels, record the data and transfer it by SMS (short message service) or GPRS (general packet radio service) to a central monitoring system.

The SENTS systems provide customers with detailed knowledge of exactly how much liquid or gas is stored in their tanks, enabling them to offer improved service to their own customers, with the assurance that the tank will never run dry. They also benefit from optimised purchasing of fuel, gasoline, LPG, lubricants and other stored fluids.

The Saft LS series cells are designed for metering applications, where they have an extremely wide operating temperature range of -60 ˚C to +85 ˚C, are leak-proof at up to + 130˚C, and housed in corrosion-proof containers. The cells are stable and reliable with low self-discharge, enabling the SENTS™ sensors to meet their specified operating life of 10 years with no need for battery replacement or other maintenance operations.

Sensile Technologies anticipates that the long-life SENTS™ sensors will be popular with customers looking to optimise stocks and deliveries, reduce logistics costs and accurately monitor consumption levels. “The long life, safety and reliability of the Saft batteries means that maintenance and replacement costs are kept to a minimum, also benefiting the environment”, said Jean-Marc Uehlinger, Sensile’s operational director.

Saft (Euronext: Saft) is a world leader in the design and manufacture of advanced technology batteries for industry. The group manufactures nickel batteries and primary lithium batteries for the industrial infrastructure and processes, transportation, civil and military electronics markets. In addition, Saft is a leader in space and defence batteries with its Li-ion technologies which are also being deployed in the energy storage, transportation and telecommunication markets.

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