Electric Fuel introduces new zinc-air military battery
Israel’s Electric Fuel Corporation recently introduced a new 12 Volt zinc-air battery for military applications. The AZAAP FB battery utilizes the same zinc-air cells developed by Electric Fuel for the US Army's CECOM BA-8180/U battery.
CECOM has partially funded Electric Fuel's development of the high-energy AZAPP technology since 1998. Electric Fuel will begin delivery of initial military orders for the 28Ah FB zinc-air battery in February.
The Model FB AZAPP is a lightweight, low-cost, disposable zinc-air battery that operates at 12V. With total energy of 400 Wh and specific energy of 350 Wh/kg, the high-capacity FB is expected to replace or supplement lithium batteries in a variety of applications requiring extended mission time. In addition to being lighter and less expensive per watt-hour than primary lithium batteries, the FB battery is also safer and more environmentally friendly.
Electric Fuel is a developer of primary and refuelable zinc-air battery technology, pioneering advancements in battery technology for defense and security products, safety products and electric vehicles. In extensive field testing, the recently designated US Army BA-8180/U battery made by Electric Fuel typically provided four to six times the run time of a BA-5590, a primary lithium battery pack widely used in the military.
Electric Fuel batteries for electric transportation have been demonstrated in the US powering a full size 40' zero emission transit bus for more than 125 miles. Electric Fuel also produces life jacket emergency lights for air and marine use. — (menareport.com)
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