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primary cell

[′prī‚mer·ē ′sel]
(electricity)
A cell that delivers electric current as a result of an electrochemical reaction that is not efficiently reversible, so that the cell cannot be recharged efficiently.

primary cell

A cell that generates electric current by electrochemical means; the discharge of electric current causes one of the electrodes in the cell to be consumed; usually a cell cannot be recharged from an external source of electric power, although some can be recharged to a limited extent.
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The global exports of primary batteries reached a total value of USD 7.
Some manufacturers of primary batteries may not be able to cope because they can't sit and wait around for an order every four or five years.
EMD MarketElectrolytic manganese dioxide (EMD) is a cathode electrode material for alkaline manganese dioxide batteries, lithium manganese primary batteries and lithium manganese rechargeable (lithium ion - manganese version) batteries.
The excellent achievement for primary batteries is attributable to the environmental credentials of various Member States, such as Belgium and the Netherlands and, to a lesser extent, Germany and France, which have agreed to require the collection and recycling of primary batteries without waiting for appearance of the EU Directive planned in this area, according to EBRA.
This will particularly benefit high-end rechargeable batteries based on lithium ion and lithium polymer chemistries, and to a lesser extent high-rate (or "superpremium") alkaline primary batteries.
For secondary batteries, the inherent rechargeability of the batteries generally precludes the need for replacement as often as for primary batteries (although this convenience is typically accorded a pricing premium).
in the early '90s, the sale of primary batteries took off.
Energizer is a manufacturer of primary batteries and portable lighting products and its two recognised brands are Energizer and Eveready.
Should you use primary batteries or energy harvesting for your low power isolated from the grid application?
For the second time in the past year Panasonic has responded to consumer demand by delivering high-performance, low-cost, primary batteries that can keep up with today's digital lifestyles.
7% share [ACNielsen four w/e July 9, 2005, total rechargeable] believes that premium primary batteries will also be able to market themselves on an environmental platform.