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Traditional battery technologies have been in use for decades, with only occasional incremental improvements. Now, battery users are increasingly accepting new technologies and the number of qualification tests underway is accelerating, as are actual deployments. The adoption of these new technologies is being fueled by business factors, such as shrinking maintenance budgets and reduced pools of skilled technicians, and also by application factors. These application factors may be changes in established load patterns as new equipment is introduced or they may be new types of applications, such as wireless micro-base stations for 3G data services or support for small distributed generators.