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Thurso battery company is charged up after award nomination

By David G Scott

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A THURSO-based company is feeling energised after a specialist battery it makes was nominated for a prestigious award.

Denchi Group, which has its headquarters in Thurso Business Park, is an engineering and manufacturing business that specialises in high-reliability battery systems, some of which are used in military vehicles.

The company has stayed open through the coronavirus crisis to ensure the Ministry of Defence continues to be supplied with the batteries and charging systems it needs.

Denchi House at Thurso Business Park.
Denchi House at Thurso Business Park.

One of its products, the Denchi 430935 6T battery, has now been nominated for the Electronics Industry Awards – open for online votes in the category Aerospace/Military/Defence Product of the Year.

The Denchi 430935 6T battery is much lighter than conventional military vehicle batteries and replaces two of the usual 40kg batteries – totalling 80kg – with a single 25kg unit.

It also lasts much longer than batteries previously employed by the military.

The Denchi 430935 6T battery which has been nominated for an award.
The Denchi 430935 6T battery which has been nominated for an award.

Nick Russel, chairman of Denchi Group, said of the battery: "It reduces vehicle weight – thereby giving it greater fuel economy and longer range – as well as saving space, which is in very short supply in such vehicles.

"As they can supply power when the vehicle isn't running, they can enable silent functions – so the soldiers aren't going to be heard."

The Denchi 430935 6T is one of just four products to be nominated for the military award.

The Electronics Industry Awards will induct a new crop of winners within its roll of honour at a ceremony in London on September 24.

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