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Bren-Tronics' Alachua plant has shut down

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 15:13 -- Paul Crompton
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United States battery maker Bren-Tronics Energy Systems has closed its plant in Phoenix - just four years after investing $10m and hiring 40 people to produce lithium-ion battery cells in the former Energiser plant.

The New York-based company moved to the Alachua plant on the Phoenix Commercial Park in 2010 after receiving research funds from the US army and air force.

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Navitas appoints director of federal business development

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 09:53 -- Anonymous
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US lithium-ion battery firm Navitas Systems has named Jeff Cunningham as new director of federal business development to focus on military and government battery product sales.

Cunningham will be responsible for growing Navitas Systems' military battery customer base and expanding the company's programmes with the federal government.

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Batteries give US Navy electric punch

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 16:46 -- Anonymous
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K2 Energy secured an $81.4m order from the US Navy
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Developer and manufacturer of lithium-iron phosphate battery technology K2 Energy has secured an $81.4m order for an intermediate battery storage system for an US Navy rail gun project.

The lithium-iron phosphate battery is aimed to power the large modular capacitor bank of the electromagnetic rail gun.

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Navitas reveals lithium battery line as drop-in lead-acid replacement

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 16:13 -- Anonymous
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US-based Navitas Systems has launched a lithium battery family for commercial, industrial and military applications.

The Ultanium line is designed to directly replace lead-acid batteries. "The Navitas Research and Development team has designed an integrated battery management system for high safety along with recharge compatibility with any lead-acid application,” said Michael Wixom, Navitas Systems senior director of research and development.

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Fuel cell company WATT moves operations to Pennsylvania

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 16:49 -- Anonymous
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New York fuel cell developer WATT Fuel Cell (WATT) is to move its manufacturing operations to Mount Pleasant Township, Pennsylvania, US.

The maker of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) components acquired 39,000 sq. ft. space in April when it bought solid oxide fuel cell developer Pittsburgh Electric Engines. According to WATT, implementing the company’s manufacturing techniques with the Pittsburgh Electric Engines' technology could reduce manufacturing costs by as much as 75%.

The $2.3 million project is expected to add 33 jobs over the next three years.

WATT’s fuel cells operate on natural gas, diesel, propane and renewable fuels. They are designed to provide portable power and can be used as emergency backup power for municipalities, battery charging for recreational vehicles and offshore marine power, and remote sensor power.

WATT recently received a 20-month, $2.1m contract from the US Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center to design and build a commercial-grade additive manufacturing line, an increase the production capacity for tubular cell components for SOFC systems.

“This U.S. Department of Defense program is a significant milestone for WATT and we are excited to see the last four years of advances in our technology come together in a system for the military market. We will be delivering a complete and operable alpha system,” said Paul DeWald, vice president of engineering at WATT.

Oxis Energy develops lightweight lithium sulphur prototype cell

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:33 -- Anonymous
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Battery manufacturer Oxis Energy has developed a lightweight lithium sulphur prototype cell for power management company Lincad and the UK Ministry of Defence.

The prototype cell is the result of the third programme phase of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory research programme.  The cell provides a 60% increase over the capacity achievement in phase 2 in 2013 and increases the specific energy of a cell to just under 300Wh/kg, according to Oxis Energy.

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Saft to supply superphosphate lithium batteries for US military

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 16:59 -- Anonymous
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French battery manufacturer Saft has been awarded a contract from BAE Systems to provide lithium 'Super-Phosphate' batteries for US military’s M777A2 Howitzer.

Saft will replace previous lead-acid batteries with its Li-ion technology and proprietary 'Super-Phosphate' cells to power the weapon’s fire control unit. The batteries will be integrated with the company’s 28V control and power electronics. The 28V batteries provide a capacity of 80Ah.

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Arotech seals the deal on $2m military contracts

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:48 -- Anonymous
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Arotech Corporation, a US-based supplier of batteries and equipment for military and security industries, has received more than $2m worth of orders for batteries and chargers from two defense companies and manufacturers of military equipment.

The orders include working with one of the companies to develop lithium-ion batteries to replace existing lead-acid batteries currently in use in military vehicles. The company is developing a drop-in replacement that would match the dimensions of lead-acid but with a greater energy density and minimal maintenance requirements.

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US military extends deal with Enersys

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:46 -- Anonymous
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The contract is for supply of the 12V batteries until February 2017.
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Industrial battery giant EnerSys has won two contracts from the US military to supply VRLA batteries to the US Army and Marine Corps.

The deal is for Hawker Armasafe Plus batteries that feature Enersys’ thin plate pure lead technology— this uses a greater number of thinner lead plates rather than fewer thick lead plates within the battery. This increases the power density of the batteries and allows them to be charged at a higher rate. The Armasafe Plus batteries can be charged in a quarter of the time of conventional batteries.

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Midtronics introduces rugged battery analysers for the military

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 10:23 -- Anonymous
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Midtronics has unveiled a diagnostic and an analytic tool for the military market. The GR8-1100 MIL Battery Diagnostic Station and the MDX-600 MIL Series Battery Conductance and Electrical System Analysers will test and charge batteries specifically used in military vehicles.

 

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