April 10, 2018
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has awarded Advanced Battery Concepts (ABC), a battery technology company, a $689K Cost Plus Fixed Fee contract to provide 4HN and 2HN batteries to US Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC). Under the contract, ABC will engineer, design, and assemble 4HN and 2HN research and production batteries based on its game changing GreenSeal® technology.
The US Army has a directive to replace flooded lead-acid batteries with absorbent glass mat (AGM) batteries. To help the US Army meet this need, ABC is leveraging their advanced GreenSeal® bipolar technology to produce bipolar, AGM, valve-regulated, lead-acid (VRLA) 4HN and 2HN batteries. These samples will demonstrate improved safety, power, capacity, vibration resistance and shelf life at the same cost per kilowatt hour that the Army is currently paying. Successful completion of the project could lead to a supply contract for ABC to meet the Army’s annual demand of 4HN and 2HN batteries.
Dr. Ed Shaffer, CEO and Founder of ABC, commented “We are proud to help the warfighter be safer and more effective when working, using and handling batteries. These batteries will be designed for overall improved performance in a vibration resistant package that should contain the acid in the event of a puncture and continue to operate for a short duration. The lack of free acid improves soldier safety in a firefight and the continuing operation of the equipment gives them a better opportunity to respond.”
Advanced Battery Concepts’ GreenSeal® technology drastically simplifies lead battery manufacturing and significantly improves lead battery performance by increasing cycle life, lowering weight, reducing recharge time, improving reliability and is fully recyclable. This improvement is achieved through reduction of lead-metal content by an average of 46% and more efficient working of the active materials through innovative patented design.