Battery solutions for smart sensors in ATEX environment - TWTG case study
Creating a safer work environment thanks to TWTG’s Neon Valve Sensors
Li-SOCl2 primary lithium battery technology, a solution that mitigates industrial risk, compatible with ATEX environments.
Key benefits for TWTG
- A mature and reliable technology that allows for peace of mind
- Batteries with unmatched autonomy: estimated 5 years lifetime within the application
- A complete traceability of the cells that match ATEX Zone 1 / IECEx requirements
- Expert advice, flexibility, and top quality service from Saft’s engineering team
Features of Saft’s power solution
- 30-year track record supplying primary lithium battery technology, that has proven to offer excellent reliability
- A unique lifetime calculation model with proven correlation to ensure battery autonomy in operation
- Comprehensive and bespoke ATEX-compliant batteries operating properly within temperature ranges from - 60°C to + 85°C
- Dedicated development team focused on designing a fully bespoke battery solution
Dedicated engineers have been very valuable to us. We believe that building partnerships with our suppliers is a key factor in achieving our goals. We expect flexibility and collaboration from our partners in order to deliver cutting-edge products to our core markets. The contribution of Saft during the development of our NEON products process was tremendous.Joost Peters Product Owner
What is the challenge for TWTG ? Bringing together sensors, mobile communication, and large system integration to create a safer, sustainable, and more productive working environment.
Dutch tank storage company, Vopak, operates a total of 66 gas, oil, chemical and bio fuel storage terminals throughout the world. That’s a total of more than 250,000 valves of different variations that require continued monitoring in order to avoid spillage and potential hazardous situations.
To address these concerns, Vopak has teamed up with TWTG to create a smart sensor that can be retrofitted on manual valves to offer granular insight into operations and industrial assets in ATEX /IECEx zone 1 environments. The devices are part of TWTG’s NEON product line; they are battery-powered and connected using LoRaWAN technology. They continuously monitor infrastructure status, sending near real-time updates, thus increasing the overall safety of Vopak’s sites and optimizing business processes.
Having to comply with ATEX European regulations makes the deployment of these devices a complex engineering quest. Requirements include an extended ambient temperature range of -40°C to +80°C, which must be combined with cutting-edge, low-power engineering. Additionally, a minimum of 3 years battery life was requested to ensure reliability and the price had to allow for market competitiveness. A real conundrum when it came to finding a battery that met all of these standards.
What is the solution? Saft LS 17500 cell, compliant with ATEX applications
TWTG spent many hours testing various battery solutions before deciding on Saft’s LS 17500 cell. Saft’s specialized knowledge, ATEX compliant solutions, and experience working in TWTG’s target markets weren't the only factors that prompted TWTG to choose Saft. Saft exhibited flexibility when special requests were made to further optimize the traceability of the device’s parts —one of the key elements for ATEX / IECEx compliance requirements for TWTG’s solution. Our team of experts worked closely with TWTG’s engineering team to find the best battery for their use case and optimize the device’s design within regulations.