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CBI wins $3.5 million battery contract from US navy

The Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI) mentioned it received a contract from the US navy to design and prototype an influence skeleton of batteries for when the navy responds to home and worldwide emergencies.

Dr Matt Raiford, Senior Technical Supervisor on the CBI, instructed BEST that the $3.5 million contract is designed for navy response conditions – on the battlefield and in civilian conditions.

“We’ve been working with the US navy for about 18 months,” he mentioned, “working with a gaggle referred to as CERL (Development Engineering Analysis Laboratory), which is a part of the US Military Corps.”

CERL gives many providers for the US Military. They embrace repairing bridges and roads on the battlefield and coping with sanitation in flooded properties following hurricanes, for instance.

Raiford mentioned the navy was conscious aid efforts required energy, and that automotive lead batteries had been all the time round in plentiful provide – fitted in navy autos.

The contract entails:

  • Offering energy for the providers required with very strong methods
  • Making a skeleton for automotive batteries to plug into energy lighting, telecoms, sanitary methods, kitchens and many others.

“We’re designing the system and prototyping it,” mentioned Raiford. “It must be rugged and transportable.” The thought is they convey the skeleton to the place they’re working. Because the US Military makes use of loads of lead batteries, the facility supply is already available and the methods simply plug in.

The venture, identified internally as ‘Frankenstein’ entails three battery corporations – names not disclosed. The output of the plug-and-play models is designed to be 30 and 60 KWh respectively.

The venture runs till March 2023. It’s CBI’s first contract with the US navy and happened because of contact with venture administration agency Paragon.

Image caption: CBI’s Matt Raiford welcomes a $3.5m US navy contract