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K2 Energy wins electromagnetic rail gun contract

6th January 2015 - 16:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The electromagnetic rail gun in development for the US Navy will be powered by an intermediate energy storage battery system to be supplied by K2 Energy Solutions. K2 Energy announced an $81.4 million firm-fixed price/cost-plus fixed-fee, basic ordering agreement for the work from the US Department of Defense on 5 January.

The contract will see K2 Energy conduct design, engineering and support work for the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Naval Sea Systems Command's (NAVSEA) electromagnetic rail gun.  

This advanced energy storage system is a major component in the US Navy's electromagnetic rail gun, powering capacitor bank modules capable of launching a projectile at a very high rate of speed.

Johnnie Stoker, CEO, K2 Energy, said: ‘The K2 Energy team is excited to have been recognised for achieving what no other battery company has done. This effort underscores the navy's commitment to environmentally sound, clean power as its energy demands grow. We are happy to collaborate as the navy's partner in this important development effort.’

Work on the contract is expected to be completed by December 2016.

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