Saft, the French manufacturer of industrial batteries has celebrated its centenary in Matelec Industry, the International Exhibition of Solutions for Industry and Smart Factory, which takes place from 13 to 16 November at IFEMA.
In this edition, the brand is strongly committed to the presence of Flex’ionTM, Saft’s new compact battery solution, for high-power uninterruptible power supply (UPS) applications in critical facilities, such as data centers, Oil & Gas and Telecom facilities. These Li-ion batteries require no maintenance and allow a reduced total cost of ownership (TCO).
During the celebration act, Ignacio Quiles, managing director of Saft Baterías, started his intervention by noting Saft’s decisive commitment to innovation since its foundation in 1918 to be at the forefront of technology in the field of batteries and energy storage, which are playing an increasingly important role in the energy transition, electric mobility and specialized industries.
“This year is very special for us because we celebrate our centenary, something that only a very small and exclusive group of technology companies can boast of ” said Quiles. “And we want to celebrate a century of innovation with a prominent group of journalists, in recognition of the invaluable informative work they do every day on the energy sector and, in particular, on issues related to energy storage and batteries”.
Then, the director of Saft Batteries reviewed some of the company´s most important milestones throughout the year . Some examples include the installation of the Saft Intensium® Mini systems at the Marcilla factory in Navarra, owned by Exkal, to increase solar energy self-consumption and save on the electricity bill; the first incursion of Saft along with CAF in the market of the ‘locotractors’ and the creation of the European Battery Alliance to launch an ambitious program for the research, development and industrialization of solid state batteries that will be safer and with higher energy density than their predecessors.
“The Spanish market perspectives are good because major strategic movements of the large energy groups are taking place on a bet towards greater penetration of renewable energy”
For Quiles, the perspectives of the Spanish market “are good”, because among other factors, “major strategic movements of the large Spanish energy groups are taking place on a bet towards greater penetration of renewable energy, an expansion of the network of chargers to respond to the market of electric vehicles and smart cities. All this leads to an increase in electricity consumption where the battery is a key element “.
Regarding the technological innovations presented at Matelec, Quiles highlighted five products that meet the needs of critical industrial sectors such as the new generation Uptimax (load voltage 1.39 V / element); Flex’ion Saft’s new Li-ion compact battery solution for high-power uninterruptible power supply (UPS) applications in critical installations; the 24 V battery Xcelion 6T-E, and the new range of rechargeable Li-Ion MP batteries. In addition, the latest version of the C.O.M.M. Batt, a real-time remote monitoring device for batteries installed in railway applications.
The event ended with the award of the Saft Prize to the Best Journalistic Work to Pepa Mosquera, co-director of the magazine Energías Renovables, for her article ‘Large-scale energy storage could be competitive in 2025’.