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Kokam conducts ballistic tests on NANO battery

16th June 2016 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Kokam has carried out successful ballistic testing on battery cells using its Lithium Ion NANO battery technology and found that the cells do not experience thermal runaway when they are shot, it announced on 13 June.

The testing was carried out to demonstrate the safety and reliability of the company's NANO battery technology for the defence industry for use in submarines, support vehicles, armed fighting vehicles, and unmanned systems.

The battery can supplement or support diesel and other engines; or can replace or be used instead of these engines, providing a silent energy source for sensitive defence missions.

Kokam developed its NANO battery technology by integrating three lithium-ion battery chemistries - Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP), Lithium Titanate Oxide (LTO) and Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC)- into a single battery. 

According to the company, by combining these chemistries, NANO battery solutions are able to deliver reliability in highly volatile environments, while also discharging at a 10 C-rate (Continuous) / 15 C-rate (Pulse) and charging at a 5 C-rate (Continuous) / 14 C-rate (Pulse).  It can also withstand temperatures ranging from -40 to 60 degrees Celsius.

Ike Hong, vice president, power solutions division, Kokam, said: ‘For military applications, battery safety and reliability is essential -- on the battlefield, you can't just pull your armed fighting vehicle into the local gas station and ask them to replace the battery if it fails. With our NANO technology Kokam meets this need, providing the defence industry with an exceptionally stable, rugged and long-lasting battery solution that can withstand extreme environmental conditions.’

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