Advanced Test Equipment Rentals & NH Research, Inc. Announce 9300 Rental Agreement

High Voltage Battery Test System 9300 Series Advanced Test Equipment Rentals (ATEC) and NH Research, Inc. (NHR) today announced a rental partnership agreement for NHR’s 9300 Battery Test Systems. NHR is a world-leading manufacturer of power electronics and battery test instruments as well as test systems. ATEC is a worldwide leading rental company of test equipment for military, defense, aerospace, communications, semiconductor, consumer electronics, and many other sectors and able to supply NHR’s high-power battery charge/discharge test systems.

NHR’s 9300 Battery Test System is designed for either characterizing or emulating all battery chemistries including lead-acid, nickel-cadmium, and lithium-ion. This test system is a regenerative, fast-acting, modular, dual-range, bi-directional DC source/load providing up to 100kW per system in either a high-current (600V/333A) or high-voltage (1,200V/167A) range. When more than 100kW is needed, the modular design allows easy expansion up to 1.2MW in 100kW increments making the 9300 ideally suited for energy storage testing used in electric-vehicles (EV) and energy storage systems (ESS).

The 9300 is fully programmable allowing it to act as a fast-acting source (charge), a regenerative dc load (discharge), or a bi-directional voltage source (battery) with any programmed combination of constant power, constant voltage, and constant-current regulation limits. It’s frequently used for battery charge/discharge cycling or emulates a battery for testing chargers as well as other battery related power devices.

Known as the latest in battery turn-key solutions, the 100 kW NHR 9300 is a welcome addition to ATEC’s continuously expanding inventory of power supply and loads test equipment. ATEC offers long and short-term rentals of test and measurement equipment for a variety of industries and applications. Customers prefer to rent from ATEC to test out equipment like the NHR’s 9300 before they buy, when they have a short-term need, if they need an urgent replacement or for any other rental reason. Because of an extensive inventory of in-stock products and the latest technology on the market (like that used within NHR’s products), ATEC is able to create flexible, affordable rental plans and pricing options to match specific client needs, with no waiting. The experienced technical and customer support staff helps provide the knowledge, equipment, and solutions customers need to perform their tests. ATEC also offers many other NHR products, including standalone AC and DC loads, and power supplies.

“The NHR 9300 gives our clients another exceptional piece of equipment with which they can test batteries, fuel cells, ultra-capacitators, and other energy storage devices,” said Louis Marin, Team Lead of the Power Supplies and Loads department at ATEC. Marin, who is well versed in battery and loads equipment, is confident the NHR 9300 will serve ATEC clients well. “The 9300 High Voltage Battery Test System can be applied to testing for automotive, aviation, industrial, marine, grid storage, research, and other lab market purposes, or connected in parallel for even more Kilowatts,” Marin said. “Many of our customers will benefit from having this technology as a rental offering, and we are happy to provide it.”

“NHR designs products which provide immense flexibility in hardware as well as software solutions to our customers”, said Martin Weiss, Product Director at NHR. “The battery industry is no longer required to adjust their testing schemes to meet the either the hardware or software limitations imposed by other equipment suppliers.” Martin said. “Working with ATEC allows customers to access our solutions very rapidly making it easier to engineers to justify a future capital purchase or cover a short-term testing need. We look forward to working with you directly or with our partners in the near future.”

NHR’s 9300 Series High Voltage Battery Test System is available for purchase from NHR, or rent from ATEC.

About Advanced Test Equipment Rentals

Since 1981, Advanced Test Equipment Rentals (ATEC), a leading high tech equipment rental company provides short and long-term rental solutions of testing, analysis, inspection, measurement, monitoring, simulation, powering, certifying, and commissioning equipment to the aerospace, automotive, biomedical, communications, consumer electronics, defense, environmental, engineering, marine, power grid, transportation, and compliance testing companies. ATEC is ISO-9001 certified, and ISO 17025 Accredited in calibration.

To find out more about ATEC visit www.atecorp.com.

About NH Research, Inc.

NH Research, Inc. (NHR) designs and manufactures power electronics and battery test instruments as well as complete turn-key test systems. Its products are used worldwide by manufacturers in the switching DC power supply, UPS, battery, and battery charger industries. Applications typically involve either characterization or final test of customer products where a combination of advanced measurements, rapid test times, and ease of setup and use are important. NHR has been supplying power electronics test solutions for over 50 years (more about NHR) with fully equipped facilities with highly skilled employees in Irvine, California and Shenzhen, China.

To find out more about NH Research, Inc. visit www.nhresearch.com.

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NEW! 9300 Series High Voltage Battery Test System

A Modular High Voltage Battery Test System & Emulation System for up to 1200 VDC

High Voltage Battery Test System 9300 Series - NH Research, Inc.NH Research, Inc. (NHR) has released the new 9300 series, a higher-voltage / higher-power version of its popular single-channel 9210 series battery test systems. The 9210 Series provided a 12kW power module operating at 40V, 120V, or 600V and which allowed paralleling with similar systems to increase the power, whereas the new 9300 system provides a 100kW power module with a software-selectable high voltage range (1200VDC / 167A) and high-current range (600VDC / 333A) allowing for efficient testing of single-voltage and double-voltage Electric vehicle (EV) batteries as well as high-voltage Energy Storage Systems (ESS) used in grid-tied applications.

The 9300 further extends NHR’s family of high-power battery test and emulation capabilities which are ideal for analyzing a battery performance under xEV drive cycles and grid-storage profiles such as PJM and time-shifting profiles. Like the successful 9200 and 9210 systems, the 9300 modules are independent allowing for testing of multiple batteries, each with a different test plan, power levels and start/stop times. When higher power is needed, the 9300 modules may be paralleled providing 200kW, 300kW or up to 1.2MW capability. This modular power capability allows a system to be sized to the power levels needed today while ensuring expansion capability should additional power be needed in the future.

The standard 9300 system is outfitted with an internal controller, system software and advanced touch panel for manual control. Through this interface the operator is able to create, run, monitor, chart and report UUT profiles without writing a single line of code. Alternatively, for complex test programs and for tests that require additional data acquisition hardware, users can employ either NH Research’s Enerchron® test sequencer software, or their own custom LabVIEW or Python application using the supplied fully-documented drivers.

The system is highly efficient and regenerative returning more than 90 percent of the energy removed from a battery is returned as usable AC facility power. Regeneration lowers the total utility consumption of the facility, reduces the amount of generated waste-heat, provides a cooler work environment, reduces air conditioning loads and eliminates the need for elaborate water-cooling systems. The operating cost savings from using regeneration typically provides a return on investment within 1-2 years.

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NEW! Model 9420 – AC Power Source with HiVAR Technology

NH Research, Inc. is Redefining how AC Power Source Products are Selected

AC Power Source Model 9420 - NH Research, Inc.NH Research, Inc. continues its technology leadership in test & measurement by introducing the 9420 AC Power Source with HiVARTM Technology. The source is compact, modular and field expandable which is ideal for designing into automated test equipment (ATE) systems. An advanced built-in measurement system further simplifies ATE system design by providing the essential functions of a digital multi-meter, current transducer, power analyzer, and oscilloscope. This combination of HiVAR technology, expandable power and built-in measurements make the 9420 an ideal AC source by providing the power and measurement needed for ATE systems as well those commonly needed in general laboratory use.

HiVAR technology extends the usable true power (kW) and eliminates the VA de-rating penalty when reactive power is present. It accomplishes this by providing continuous operation up to the maximum voltage, current and true power (kW). Systems with HiVAR break the VA-only rating tradition in two ways: First, the source is able to transition between high voltage and high current regions along the true power curve without requiring either a range change or requiring the output to be switched off to change ranges. In addition to seamless transitions, continuous true power operation actually extends the usable true power especially when compared with fixed high-voltage / high-current range sources. Second and often overlooked, reactive power (VARS) increases the apparent power (VA) required in test. In the case of VA-only rated systems, this same reactive power negates a portion of a power rating resulting in a lower true power capability thereby requiring a larger source to be initially specified. HiVAR technology extends the apparent power capability, eliminates the VA de-rating penalty and provides a more intuitive selection of AC power sources.

The advanced built-in measurement system is based on a 125kSample/sec digitizer which is able to take advantage of separate voltage and current ranges, further improving measurement accuracy. These range selections are independent allowing any combination of high & low ranges to be selected for voltage and current, occur seamlessly and do not require the output to be turned off. The Model 9420 additionally includes a low current measurement range making it possible to measure standby and low-power operating modes. For more detailed analysis, the high-resolution waveform is available for download and further analysis making any conceivable power measurement possible.

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NEW! Low Voltage/High Current Battery Charge/Discharge Test System – 9220 Series from NH Research, Inc.

For automated characterization, power cycling, & life-cycle testing of low voltage/high current batteries.

Low Voltage High Current Battery Charge Discharge Test System Series 9220 - NH Research, Inc.NH Research, Inc. (NHR) has released its NEW 9220 Series Low Voltage/High Current Battery Charge/Discharge Test System (Dual Bay). This 9220 Series Dual Bay Test System is designed for testing all battery chemistries including lead-acid, lead-cadmium, and other low voltage, high current, large format batteries (LFB) typically used in energy storage systems (ESS). The system is bi-directional requiring no additional equipment to charge or discharge the unit-under-test (UUT). Additionally, the built-in measurement system eliminates external measurement devices by providing time-stamped digital readings for voltage, current, power as well as Ah and kWh.

Unlike typical high-current systems which convert battery discharge power into waste heat, the 9220 Series Dual Bay Test System converts up to 87% of the battery discharge power into usable electrical power that precisely matches the facility’s AC line. This process, called regeneration, results in lower operating costs, reduces air-conditioning usage, eliminates expensive water cooling systems, and often provides enough savings to payback the entire system within a few years.

Contact NHR for further details on the Low Voltage/High Current Battery Charge/Discharge Test System – 9220 Series and related battery testing solutions.

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NEW & IMPROVED! Regenerative Grid Simulator – Model 9410, from NH Research, Inc.

For the testing of EV Chargers, V2G, grid-tied inverters, & critical power systems.

Regenerative Grid Simulator Harmonics and Waveform - NH Research, Inc.NH Research, Inc. (NHR) has released new advanced output control features, improved manual control interface, and comprehensive drivers for the popular Model 9410 Regenerative Grid Simulator. These new control features provide intuitive controls for simulating any abnormal AC-grid condition including: voltage harmonics, sags and swells, sub-cycle, full-cycle, and
multi-cycle disturbances. It has never been easier for R&D to validate product designs or for manufacturing teams to ensure functional and regulatory compliance with EN 61000-x, IEEE 1547, UL 1741, CA Rule-21, LVRT, and similar emerging testing standards. Improvements have also been made to permit intuitive access to these new features through the full-featured manual control panels as well as through the fully-documented LabVIEW Compliant & IVI-C / IVI-COM compliant drivers.

The Model 9410 Regenerative Grid Simulator is a full featured, 4-quadrant, regenerative, rack-mountable, 12-kW grid simulator in only 15 ¾” (9U). Standard models include three (3) fully programmable channels allowing for any combination of DC as well as 1Φ, 2Φ, 3Φ AC outputs making it right-sized for testing Level 1 and Level 2 EV Chargers, EVSE systems, as well as V2G. When higher power is required. The modular design permits expansion in 12-kW increments meeting the needs for grid-tied solar inverters, ESS systems, exporting critical power systems (UPS), and similar AC grid-connected devices.

NHR will be exhibiting the Model 9410 Regenerative Grid Simulator along with NHR’s 9200 Series DC Regenerative Test System (which is ideal for testing battery, simulating the DC-links, and emulating batteries) at The Battery Show (Novi, MI) from Sept. 13th-15th, 2016 in booth 1525. For more information or to see additional products offered by NHR, visit our website http://nhresearch.com.

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