Saft, a leading designer and manufacturer of advanced technology batteries for industry, won two major contracts to supply primary lithium batteries for domestic smart meter projects.
In its first ever smart gas meter contract in China, Saft will supply around 500,000 Li-SOCl2 cells over the next four years to one of the country’s top five smart gas meter OEMs and around 500,000 Li-SOCl2 cells to the leading water meter OEM in China over the next six months.
The two orders represent an important breakthrough for Saft in the Chinese market, which is the world’s largest metering market. Recent reforms are fostering the introduction of AMR (automated meter reading) and smart meters. China’s total demand for smart gas meters is estimated at 40-50 million units between 2011 and 2015, it is also estimated that shipment of smart water meters will reach more than 10 million units in 2015.
The Saft lithium cells will provide the smart meters with a reliable, maintenance free, ‘fit and forget’ source of autonomous power over a minimum 12-year plus service life. The gas meters, destined for projects in Hangzhou and Shenzhen, will be fitted with either A-size Li-SOCl2 cells or C-size Li-SOCl2 cells. The water meters will be fitted with AA-size Li-SOCl2 cells.