EnerSys to earn $60 million to supply lithium-ion cells for Space vehicles

EnerSys, a global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, will supply lithium-ion cells and batteries valued at over $60 million to multiple space agencies and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) worldwide.

Lithium-ion raw materials and 72Ah large format lithium-ion cells will be manufactured by EnerSys subsidiary, Quallion LLC, at its production facilities located in Sylmar and Santa Clarita, California.

With the qualification of these large format lithium-ion cells, EnerSys will be the only domestic manufacturer with full production of lithium-ion materials, cells and batteries for space applications. The batteries will be designed, manufactured and tested by EnerSys subsidiary, ABSL Space Products, at its manufacturing facilities located in Longmont, Colorado (for US-based space programs) and Oxfordshire, United Kingdom (for European programs).  The first batteries are scheduled to be shipped later this year and will be used in multiple types of satellites and launch vehicles.

In addition to being the leading global supplier of Thin Plate Pure Lead (TPPL) technology for high-reliability energy storage solutions in commercial, industrial and defense applications, EnerSys also supplies proprietary long-life lithium-ion cells, which are relied upon for critical applications.  In October 2001, EnerSys-ABSL’s battery became the first lithium-ion battery to power a satellite when launched aboard the Proba-1 spacecraft.  The spacecraft was built by QinetiQ Space for the European Space Agency and almost sixteen years later, Proba-1 has become the longest lithium-ion powered mission. Additionally, EnerSys has several batteries designed for manned flight space applications and is proud to manufacture the battery that powers NASA manned spacewalks.

Jeffrey Long, President – Americas, EnerSys, stated: “These new awards totaling more than $60 million demonstrate development and product acceptance beyond our lead acid business, and will leverage our recent lithium technology expansions.”  Mark Mathews, Vice President of EnerSys Advanced Systems, added: “These lithium-ion space contracts illustrate the continued strength of our market position within the aerospace and defense sector worldwide.”

EnerSys is a global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications. The company manufactures and distributes reserve power and motive power batteries, battery chargers, power equipment, battery accessories and outdoor equipment enclosure solutions to customers worldwide. Motive power batteries and chargers are utilized in electric forklift trucks and other commercial electric powered vehicles. Reserve power batteries are used in the telecommunication and utility industries, uninterruptible power supplies, and numerous applications requiring stored energy solutions including medical, aerospace and defense systems. Outdoor equipment enclosure products are utilized in the telecommunication, cable, utility, transportation industries and by government and defense customers. The company also provides aftermarket and customer support services to its customers from over 100 countries through its sales and manufacturing locations around the world.

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