Issue: Oct 2010


New Anti-Idling Battery Technology and Advanced High Efficiency HVAC System



Anti-Idling APU Battery Technology to be used in Heavy Duty Trucks, Reducing NOx Emission

by Jon Knox

Under a grant from the Department of Energy, Quallion LLC has developed an innovative battery powered Anti-Idling HVAC solution designed for Class 6-8 trucks, which will be on display for the first time ever at the San Jose Battery Show (Oct 5th-7th). This system offers up to 10 hours of uninterrupted battery powered cooling. The DOE and Quallion (a California-based company) have developed this new technology to meet OEM specification requirements and have installed the battery in a Class 8 truck for preliminary field testing with plans to obtain data for future commercialization.

"This technology will revolutionize how we look at cooling systems, whether in a commercial truck, military vehicle platforms, or even forward base operations. By designing an ultra-efficient HVAC system, Quallion's battery solution is 25% of the weight of an equivalent lead acid system with a standard HVAC used in trucks today. The resulting fuel savings will greatly reduce fleet operating costs as well as drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions," says Paul Beach, president of Quallion LLC.

Heavy-duty truck idling contributes a large portion of NOx emissions and particulate matter released into the atmosphere. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, truck idling burns over 3 billion gallons of diesel annually resulting in emissions of 11 million tons of CO2 , 180,000 tons of NOx and 5,000 tons of particulates. These are some of the hardest emissions to clean up due to the high cost of retrofitting the large number of trucks on the road today (@1M) with more advanced diesel engines or pollution controls. By contrast, Quallion's solution can be easily installed in vehicles at service stations at a relatively low cost.

"The advanced power systems like those that Quallion develops are more and more critical to our country's energy and security infrastructure. What's more, the batteries that Quallion produces are beneficial to the environment," said Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks). "It is exciting to see this innovative company thrive, and create new high-quality jobs in the San Fernando Valley."

The design also relies on Quallion's patented MATRIX(TM) battery technology. This technology has been deployed in a number of vehicle, aviation and space applications for back-up power, starter motors, EVs, UUVs and UAVs. The MATRIX(TM) technology is unique for its high reliability and ultra-safe performance.

About Quallion LLC

Quallion LLC was founded in 1998 by biotechnology and aerospace entrepreneur Alfred E. Mann and lithium ion battery specialist Dr. Hishashi Tsukamoto. The company designs, fabricates and manufactures state-of-the-art lithium ion cells and battery packs, and develops new battery chemistries for the military, aerospace, medical and automotive industries. Building on its legacy leadership position in the medical device industry, the company has developed a range of novel enabling technologies that include the world's smallest implantable secondary battery and the proprietary Zero-Volt(TM) and SaFE-LYTE(TM) technologies. Leveraging its core engineering capabilities, Quallion has established itself as a leader in applications where advanced battery technology, safety, reliability and custom engineering are most valued. Visit www.quallion.com for more information.



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