Saft Develops Li-ion Batteries for Military Applications

Lithium-ion system offers larger reserves of power for non-hybrid vehicles.

Saft, a supplier of advanced battery systems for defense applications, has developed a new lithium-ion battery for non-hybrid vehicles which would power the ignition, lighting and electrical hardware for long periods of silent watch.

Non-hybrid vehicles today, especially those used in the military, almost exclusively run on conventional lead-acid batteries. But Saft's lithium-ion 28-volt battery system is believed to offer larger reserves of power starting the engine and supporting onboard electrical systems throughout the long periods of autonomous operation.

Saft's technology would reduce the battery weight significantly, and the company says it will also ensure a longer service life.

The technologys presentation was made from Eurosatory, the international land/air defense and security exhibition in Paris.

Saft also demonstrated its battery technology in a new emergency-power-supply concept. The Renewable Energy Mobile Utility System (REMUS) is designed to provide a utility-scale electricity supply that is powered by a diesel generator and supplemented by wind power, solar power and a Saft rechargeable battery.

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