When choosing a battery chemistry, safety considerations
are top-of-mind for all stakeholders. For expeditionary
applications, storage capacity, intelligence, and weight are
also priorities. Generally, phosphate-based Li-ion is safer
than commonplace and other readily available alternatives.
Lithium iron phosphate technology allows for scaling of
performance-enabling customization for various applications,
with the respective voltage and power demands—all
while providing a high level of safety and abuse tolerance.
Such technology prevents oversizing of battery systems—
ultimately optimizing the total cost of ownership via weight
savings, which also turns into cost and environmental
efficiencies. Additionally, the design of lithium iron
phosphate technology and supporting battery system proves
resistant to mechanical and electrical abuse. On a military
vehicle, for example, end-users need reassurance that if a
Li-ion battery is damaged, the safety of the crew will not be
affected by the damaged battery’s resulting effects.
With these types of advanced chemistry Li-ion systems
implemented in military ground vehicles and hybrid gen
sets with proven success, stakeholders are discovering the
efficiency and safety possibilities available for additional
applications. The technology has the potential to support
medical outposts for example, powering patient monitoring
equipment, electronics for surgery instruments, and
sterilization tools. Outside the military environment,
the advanced chemistry battery solutions also have the
capability to assist with water purification and providing
remote power for disaster relief.
It is important to remember every application has
distinctive requirements, therefore it is crucial for
stakeholders to carefully evaluate specifications for battery
systems during the initial planning stages of a project.
With Li-ion’s compact, reliable, and safety driven designs,
and serving as a drop-in replacement for legacy battery
solutions, stakeholders should investigate opportunities to
utilize advanced Li-ion chemistries in their applications. ECN
Figure 2: Li-ion chemistry is essential for military applications,
providing compact and lightweight batteries with reliable power.