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The Economics of Fleet Electrification: Today and Tomorrow

Jeff Kessen, director of transportation marketing at A123 Systems, discusses the economics of deploying electric vehicles for commercial business fleets, including the returns that fleet operators may expect to realize on their investments in EVs. The podcast also touches on a few concepts such as battery leasing and secondary use that have the potential to further improve the payback period on vehicle electrification and accelerate EV adoption. Listen now



A123's ALM Lead Acid Replacement Solutions

Bill Mitchell, vice president of business development and marketing with A123’s Commercial Solutions Group, discusses A123’s portfolio of A123 Lithium Modules, or ALMs,  which are off-the-shelf solutions designed as lighter-weight, longer-lasting replacements for lead acid batteries for a wide variety of applications. The podcast covers the features offered by the ALMs, the benefits over lead acid and some of the applications and markets that A123 is targeting with the ALM product line. Listen now

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Nanophosphate EXT: Update on Testing from OSU's Center for Automotive Research

Yann Guezennec, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the Ohio State University and a senior fellow at its Center for Automotive Research (CAR), and John Neal, a research engineer who manages the Center’s battery characterization and its aging laboratory, discuss CAR's testing of A123's Nanophosphate EXT, a newly launched lithium ion battery technology that is designed to deliver high performance and long cycle life over a wider temperature range without requiring thermal management. CAR is testing Nanophosphate EXT at both extreme high temperatures (vs. a competing commercially avaialble automotive lithium ion technology) and extreme low temperatures (vs. advanced lead acid). Listen now



Nanophosphate EXT and Military Battery Systems

Mike Marcel, operations manager with A123’s Government Solutions Group, discusses A123's government solutions, focusing on the company’s newly introduced Nanophosphate EXT lithium ion battery technology and its benefits for military applications. We will discuss the challenges the military is currently facing when it comes to the use of battery systems and how A123’s solutions are designed to overcome them. Listen now



Nanophosphate EXT and Micro Hybrid Vehicle Applications

Jeff Kessen, director of transportation marketing with A123 Systems Automotive Solutions Group discusses A123’s Nanophosphate lithium ion battery solution for micro hybrid vehicle applications, including its advantages over competing AGM lead acid products and the benefits of A123’s newly launched Nanophosphate EXT lithium ion battery technology for micro hybrid vehciles. Also discussed is an analysis of the total cost of ownership of A123’s solution as compared to lead acid over the life of the vehicle. Listen now 



Lithium Ion Battery Technology for Telecommunications Backup

Bill Mitchell, vice president of business development and marketing with A123 Systems' Commercial Solutions Group, discusses A123’s solutions for telecommunications backup, the technology limitations of lead acid batteries and the challenges they present to global telecomm operators, especially when building cell phone tower sites in developing markets. A123’s products are designed to overcome these challenges, and A123’s newly launched Nanophosphate EXT technology, which is designed to optimize performance over a wider temperature range without requiring thermal management, extends these benefits to cell tower sites built in extreme temperature climates. Listen now



Mid-Continent Instrument Company Discusses Lithium Ion Batteries in Aviation

John Gallman, True Blue Power® division director, discusses the use of lithium ion battery technology in aviation applications, focusing on a recent agreement between A123 Systems, Inc. and Mid-Continent Instrument Co., Inc. to make A123's technology more readily available to the aviation market. Also discussed are the advantages of A123's proprietary Nanophosphate lithium ion battery technology as compared to lead acid and nickel cadmium batteries. Listen now



Nanophosphate EXT: Optimizing Battery Performance in Extreme Temperatures

Bart Riley, chief technology officer, vice president of research and development and co-founder of A123 Systems discusses Nanophosphate EXT™, a newly launched lithium ion battery technology from A123 that is designed to deliver high performance and long cycle life over a wide temperature range without requiring thermal management. Nanophosphate EXT is designed to significantly reduce or eliminate the need for heating or cooling systems, and A123 expects it will enhance performance, minimize complexity and reduce the total ownership for a wide variety of applications, including micro hybrid vehicles, EVs and telecommunications backup, among others. Listen now



Military Microgrids: An Emerging Opportunity for Grid Energy Storage

Frank Cozza, senior program manager with A123’s Government Solutions Group, discusses the role that grid energy storage technology can play in enabling the successful deployment of renewable energy microgrids at US military bases. To improve energy security, minimize reliance on fossil fuels and reduce energy costs, the Department of Defense has established a goal of getting 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. One of the DoD's initiatives is to deploy renewable energy microgrids at its facilities to create a zero net-energy scenario. This creates some challenges however, which can be addressed by energy storage. Listen now



Grid Energy Storage: A123’s Energy Response Operating System (AEROS)

John McNally, director of systems and software with A123’s Energy Solutions Group, discusses A123’s recently expanded portfolio of Grid Storage Solutions (GSS) that are designed to perform a number of applications to increase the efficiency, intelligence and reliability of global power grids. Each GSS consists of a Grid Battery System, a Power Conversion System and A123’s Energy Response Operating System (AEROS™), the company’s proprietary software designed to deliver full command and control functionality for seamless integration with existing utility systems. Listen now



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