Factors Affecting the Electricity Consumption and Productivity of the Lead Acid Battery Formation Process. The Case of a Battery Plant in Colombia

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  • Milen Balbis Morejon Universidad de la Costa http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8053-6651
  • Juan Jose Cabello Eras Universidad de la Costa
  • Alexis Sagastume Gutierrez Universidad de la Costa
  • Vladimir Sousa Santos Universidad de la Costa
  • Yabiel Perez Gomez Universidad de Cienfuegos.
  • Juan Gabriel Rueda Bayona Universidad Militar Nueva Granada.

Abstract

This study identifies the main factors affecting the electricity efficiency and productivity of the lead acid battery formation process. A representative sample of 12,286 battery formation processes, developed between June 2014 and June 2015, were used in a statistic analysis. As a result, an energy performance indicator was developed to assess the electricity consumption of battery formation. Given that there are several formation circuits in the formation area, an energy performance indicator was developed for each circuit. The influence of the operational practices, operational teams, workings shift starting time and technical condition of the circuits were analyzed. The influence of the operational practices and the technical conditions of the formation circuits were identified as the main factors affecting the productivity and the electricity consumption. These factors cause a time waste, affecting productivity between 2 and 5%, and increasing the electricity consumption. As a result it is recommended to improve maintenance and operational practices towards higher productivity and electricity efficiency.

Keywords: Energy efficiency, productivity, training process, lead-acid batteries.

JEL Classifications: K32, L94

DOI: https://doi.org/10.32479/ijeep.8021

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Author Biographies

Milen Balbis Morejon, Universidad de la Costa

Department of Energy

Juan Jose Cabello Eras, Universidad de la Costa

Department of Energy

Alexis Sagastume Gutierrez, Universidad de la Costa

Department of Energy

Vladimir Sousa Santos, Universidad de la Costa

Department of Energy

Yabiel Perez Gomez, Universidad de Cienfuegos.

Faculty of Engineering

Juan Gabriel Rueda Bayona, Universidad Militar Nueva Granada.

Department of Civil Engineering

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Published

2019-07-23

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Balbis Morejon, M., Cabello Eras, J. J., Sagastume Gutierrez, A., Sousa Santos, V., Perez Gomez, Y., & Rueda Bayona, J. G. (2019). Factors Affecting the Electricity Consumption and Productivity of the Lead Acid Battery Formation Process. The Case of a Battery Plant in Colombia. International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy, 9(5), 103–112. Retrieved from https://econjournals.com/index.php/ijeep/article/view/8021

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