The Half-Sized BA-5590 is an alternate solution to the standard BA-5590. This new half-sized primary battery provides similar performance and runtime in half the weight and volume as the BA-5590. (Photo: CERDEC)
Christopher Hurley is an engineer with the Army Power division of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC), which is located at Fort Monmouth, N.J. Mr Hurley is manager for the Dismounted Soldier Power Army Technology Objective and specializes in energy storage devices.
The idea that batteries are not improving is untrue – over the last four decades, their energy density continues to rise. But with the increased use of electronics in sensors, communications and weapons, the dismounted Warfighter will have to carry more power sources. And this means adding weight to a load that’s already very heavy.
The challenge for improvement lies in developing safe, cost-effective power sources that are small, light, durable and that can support long missions.
As part of our goal to increase energy independence on the battlefield, CERDEC‘s Army Power division is using state-of-the-art battery chemistries to develop Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) batteries that are half the size and weight of current C4ISR batteries, yet provide the same runtime.
The Half-Sized BA-5590 is an alternate solution to the standard BA-5590. This new half-sized primary battery provides similar performance and runtime in half the weight and volume as the BA-5590.
Lithium Carbon MonoFluoride, or Li/CFx, is a chemistry that is typically packaged in coin cells for the commercial and medical markets. Its success in those markets and natural electrochemical properties, have made it a viable option for military applications. Li/CFx is a safe, high-energy density chemistry that offers longer shelf life, lower self-discharge rate, and excellent high-temperature performance.