On the recent ADGAS LG7 project Cegelec utilized battery regeneration technology to reduce their carbon and waste to landfill on 48 Saft SPH170 NiCad batteries.
The Das Island project’s cranking batteries are used to start 45NVA generators for the power station’s Blackstar gas turbines during blackouts. The original batteries had failed due to overloading and heat exposure, and were outside of the original vendor warranty. Rather than buy new, Project Manager, Mohamed Chabchoub, wanted to find a more environmentally-friendly alternative. After hearing of battery regeneration technology from some European counterparts, Chabchoub identified Mussafah Industrial Zone-based Hexagon Battery Regeneration to support his efforts in this regard.
“As part of a global electronics, procurement, and construction (EPC) company, Vinci Energie, there is a requirement to seek out robust environmentally-friendly alternatives to traditional technology, and whilst there was a saving of 60% against the purchase of new batteries, what was most important was the carbon and waste savings,” stated Chabchoub.
Whilst the regeneration could have taken place onsite, it was elected to complete the process at Hexagons premises due to the heat dissipation needed for the charging and regeneration machines. Once the batteries were onsite, ADNOC LNG’s only requirement was to have a technician present to witness the regeneration process.
“This was a relatively low risk opportunity for us to try battery regeneration and our client is very supportive when it comes to using greener technology,” said Chabchoub. “With a 100% pass rate, US$8,000 in savings, and a big carbon reduction, we are already looking at future projects.”