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Lithium Technology Corp. (LTC) has announced that it will market an advanced lithium-ion battery for pitch control systems of wind generators. The ultra-high-power backup battery, developed in conjunction with HARTING Technology Group for a 2.5 MW-class wind power generator, was successfully tested in a wind park in Germany. In the first two months of this year, LTC has received orders for 12 wind power generator projects.

LTC's subsidiary, GAIA Akkumulatorenwerke teamed up with HARTING to design the 648 Wh battery, consisting of 24 LTC 7.5Ah cells. The companies have agreed on a non-exclusive joint marketing effort to supply the backup system to the wind power industry.

"The development of this battery and our relationship with HARTING is a significant step for LTC entering the renewable energy market," says Klaus Brandt, CEO of LTC. "We anticipate this to be a fast-growing and potentially large market for lithium-ion batteries, not only for emergency power but also for energy storage overall, which is key to expanding the use of renewable energy."

LTC will develop and manufacture the lithium-ion cells and supply the battery management system, which will be assembled by HARTING using its connector technology. HARTING will also be responsible for marketing, sales, integration into the wind generator's electrical systems and after-sales service.

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