Ready for the future - Fronius Selectiva battery charging systems are already “lithium-ion ready” and can be effortlessly converted for use with lithium-ion batteries via a USB port.
The role of lithium-ion technology (Li-ion) in intralogistics is becoming increasingly important – with good reason: lithium-ion batteries are lightweight, have a long service life, are maintenance-free, extremely energy-efficient and have an impressive charging time of just a few minutes. All major forklift truck manufacturers now offer models with a lithium-ion battery. As a pioneer and the innovation leader, Fronius is a key player in the development of this forward-looking technology. Our Selectiva battery charging systems can already be upgraded for operation with lithium-ion batteries by a simple software update.
The movement of the lithium ions in a lithium-ion battery produces an electromotive force, which can be used to drive forklift trucks, for instance. During charging, the ions move from the positive to the negative electrode of the battery and remain stored there until the user discharges the battery again. Li-ion energy systems are completely maintenance-free and have zero emissions. In contrast to the classic lead battery, users do not have to top them up with water, measure the acid density or clean the battery.
The negative electrode is generally made from graphite. However, forklift truck manufacturers are increasingly opting for special lithium battery technologies that use a combination of nickel-manganese-cobalt oxide, sulphur, air and in particular iron phosphate (LiFePO4) as electrode materials. These have an impressively high output and low weight, are non-flammable and enjoy optimum explosion protection, even in extreme conditions.