GE’s Durathon sodium batteries—designed for use in telecom, uninterrupted power supply (UPS), and industrial applications—have a longer life, store more energy per unit weight, have improved performance in extreme conditions, and have minimal maintenance costs compared to traditional lead acid batteries. In telecom applications, cell towers that rely on backup generators and batteries can operate more fuel-efficiently by utilizing Durathon batteries instead of lead acid batteries for energy storage, reducing fuel costs and associated emissions.
GE's Durathon sodium batteries contain no lead acid materials, reducing the impact of the batteries' end of life compared to lead acid batteries. Additionally, replacing lead acid batteries with GE's Durathon batteries in a cell tower application that also uses a diesel generator can reduce CO2 emissions from fuel consumption. For example, a customer in a remote region can reduce a cell tower's reliance on the generator from 16 to 7 hours per day by using GE's Durathon batteries instead of lead acid batteries, reducing the generator's CO2 emissions by approximately 9 metric tons per year.