Thursday, April 26, 2012

Axion Power gets NS order for batteries

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Axion Power International Inc. said Thursday it has received an order from Norfolk Southern Corp. for lead-carbon (PbC) batteries for use in a battery-powered locomotive.

Axion Power said this first order, worth about $400,000, is part of a $475,000 total purchase order that will be used in the commissioning of Norfolk Southern's NS-999. The total purchase order will be shipped and deployed in the next 90-to-120 days, the company said. 

To date, this is the largest single PbC battery order that Axion has received, New Castle, Pa.-based Axion Power said.NS logo square

Axion Power Chairman & CEO Thomas Granville commented, "We have been working with Norfolk Southern for two and a half years, and we are very pleased that this first hybrid 'switcher' yard locomotive, to be run completely on PbC batteries, will soon be in service. We have been moving on a parallel development path with respect to supplying batteries for the first NS 'over the road' locomotive. This larger, more powerful unit will require approximately twice the number of batteries as those to be shipped for the yard 'switcher' locomotive.

"High-performance PbC batteries are ideally suited for hybrid locomotive applications due to their high charge acceptance, fast charge and discharge capabilities (important in regenerative braking), and their inherent ability to equalize voltage when utilized in large string configurations," Granville observed.