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A world of applications for DC ammeter shunts

Applications And Uses for DC Ammeter Shunts

DC ammeter shunts are used in numerous industries.  A typical application is battery monitoring for off-grid energy storage.  Off grid storage refers to applications is which batteries will be used as the primary source of power when utility energy is not available.  This would take into account recreational vehicles that may be used where utility energy is unavailable, or inconvenient.  The same would be true for many remote cabins and even boats or yachts.  Another off-grid application would include cellular phone towers or other communication locations that rely on batteries for energy when utility power fails.  These types of applications are often used in conjunction with photo voltaic (solar) arrays or wind generation to charge the batteries.

Similarly, many construction and emergency vehicles like police cruisers, fire trucks, and ambulances rely on battery power for a variety of critical applications.  Battery monitoring products utilize shunts to measure charge and discharge rates to ensure long battery health and to provide alerts when batteries need to be replaced or serviced.

Forklifts, pallet jacks, and other light industrial vehicles operating on battery power use shunts to assist in monitoring battery condition or provide closed loop feedback in the motor drive module.  Solar inverters and other power conversion equipment (AC to DC or DC to AC), DC motor drives (escalators, elevators, etc.), welding equipment, conveyors in mining operations or production facilities, and electroplating equipment are all places where high DC currents are monitored and used for closed-loop feedback operations or real-time equipment condition monitoring.

Here is a list of just some of the possible applications:

  • Battery monitoring
  • Off grid battery backup
  • Recreational Vehicles
  • Emergency Vehicles
  • Construction Vehicles
  • Telecommunication Towers
  • Marine/Yacht
  • Remote Cabins
  • Forklifts
  • Pallet Jacks
  • PV inverters
  • Power Conversion
  • DC motor drives / Traction
  • Welding Equipment
  • Mining
  • Electroplating equipment

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