Saft in new USD$98m deal with US military

Saft will be providing the US Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) with lithium-sulphur dioxide batteries for portable devices such as radios,reports New Energy Network. The DLA will then pass the units onto the US Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.

The contract Saft has secured will be worth up to USD$98 million over five years and adds to the recent top-up of $1.3 million the company secured from BAE Systems to develop energy storage solutions for hybrid vehicles destined for the US Army.

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US military vehicles go electric

It is not just tree-huggers who are embracing electric vehicles: the US Army has several in the pipeline. This means opportunities for energy storage companies, such as Saft, which has just been awarded USD$1.3 million from weapons manufacturer BAE Systems.

The funding is for the continued development of a Lithium-ion energy storage system for the US Army’s Ground Combat Vehicle programme. Saft, which is designing and building ultra-high-power cells for the vehicle’s hybrid electric drive system, has already completed the demo battery system including hardware and software, says the company.

Saft breaks into wind with lithium-ion battery

Advanced battery manufacturer Saft will be supplying two Intensium Max 20E lithium-ion battery containers as part of the High Wind and Storage Project near the City of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada. Commissioned by Cowessess First Nation to design, produce and install the complete battery-based energy storage system, the project is Saft’s first foray into wind power in North America.

Each of the two Li-ion units includes a 400kW power conditioning system for use in conjunction with a 800kW turbine, and Saft’s complete system has been designed to smooth output and provide up to 400 kWh peak-shaving capability.

ACCIONA adds energy storage to solar

ACCIONA has made history by integrating a battery and smart control system into a photovoltaic (PV) plant, connected to the main electricity grid. Located in Navarre, Northern Spain, the ILIS Innovative Lithium-Ion System management design for MW-level solar plants (ILIS) project uses SAFT’s lithium-ion batteries with a capacity of 1.1MW and 560kWh of power.

Part of a growing trend for the integration of energy storage and solar power, ILIS has been designed to improve the integration of photovoltaic energy into the grid and bring about greater penetration of this technology in the electric power system, says ACCIONA. The €5.5m for the project, which began in 2010 and has been scheduled to run until April next year, comes from the Spanish taxpayer by way of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and by the Government of Navarra.