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Next-Gen Lithium-Ion Battery Packs: In-Progress Innovation from Flux Power Holdings and UL Solutions

By Alex Passett
May 11, 2023

Applied safety science company UL Solutions works diligently in order to advance safe and sustainable solutions for customers in more than 100 countries. (A mission brought to life by many of its actions, one of which was the expansion of its capabilities in EMC and EMI testing earlier this year.) Keeping both manufacturers and customers safe, all while meeting the fast-climbing demands of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is no meager task, but it’s one that UL Solutions is well-equipped to continue taking on.

In addition to sustainability measures, the ripples that UL Solutions makes in the IIoT space touch on energy efficiencies in general, operational continuities (which require reliable and non-disrupted power supplies), cost-savings for consumers, maintaining regulatory compliance, and demonstrations of innovation overall.

A slew of these points touch on the other party involved in this news piece, specifically, Flux Power Holdings.

Flux’s mission is not dissimilar from UL Solutions’; Flux strives to change the ways in which businesses power their equipment (i.e. powering their transitions to sustainable lithium-ion batteries, particularly for GSE and forklift industrial applications) Flux has powered ground support equipment for airline Delta’s hubs in Boston and Salt Lake City, provided onboard lithium battery monitoring and charge cycle programming for Caterpillar, simplified battery transitioning for PepsiCo, and more.

So, with UL Solutions in one hand, and Flux in the other.

Let’s put them together.

This week, Flux announced that it successfully completed UL Solutions’ compliance testing to obtain third-party, science-and-data-backed certification. Why?

For its next-gen clean energy battery technology.

“As we expand relationships with large fleets,” said Ron Dutt, Flux’s CEO, “UL Solutions’ compliance investigation and the subsequent UL Listed designation demonstrates our market leadership and commitment to developing the highest-quality lithium-ion battery packs on the market for our Fortune 500 customers.” Dutt went on to describe Flux’s prioritizations of safety and product durability, and that its new UL Listed label will underscore Flux’s company values and due diligence.

In terms of ensuring proper independent, third-party testing and validation for stability and performance, Flux is certainly dotting its I’s and crossing its Ts here. From its newly designed product portfolio comes the new Flux Power G2 Series, a line of heavy-duty battery packs with safe, stable lithium iron phosphate chemistries. It also includes new Flux models for, according to the company, “order pickers, 36-volt narrow aisle trucks, and a broad range of GSE vehicles with heavy-duty battery packs optimized to deliver peak performance.”

More technical details include how:

  • Modular components can be configured to accommodate voltage and capacity requirements, these ranging from 24V to 80V, and from 210ah to 840ah, or amp hours.
  • Active cooling and heating for “demanding applications,” as Flux has described (in both warm and or cold environments) are new features, as well. Said features will address a wider range of indoor and outdoor applications and protection against conditions like extreme temperatures, overcharging or discharging, etc.
  • IP, or Ingress Protection, ratings as high as IP66 are now also covered, in terms of avoiding undue water intrusion.

Ultimately, with Flux having completed successful test cycles, UL Solutions has officially authorized the next round of in-house compliance testing at its manufacturing facility in Vista, California. As UL Solutions finishes its close monitoring and provides oversight, Flux’s batteries will be one step closer to approval and safe use for manufacturers, for material handlers in warehouses and airports, and for stationary storage and industrial equipment of other varieties.

Edited by Greg Tavarez
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