A new lightweight power-conversion system and ultra-light lithium-ion polymer battery pack intended for mobile military applications has been unveiled by Falcon Electric.

Falcon’s ED LIB Series 5kVA uninterruptible power system includes a lithium-polymer battery system to be used on board the mobile armoured vehicle (MAV), high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV) and other mobile applications.

The power conversion system converts the vehicle’s three phase, 400Hz auxiliary power unit (APU) into a clean, regulated 120VAC / 60Hz source for critical computer and communications gear on board.

Falcon Electric engineering sector vice-president Michael Stout said the army challenged Falcon to design a lightweight battery pack and the necessary micro-processor-based battery management system for this application.

“The lithium-polymer battery system, weighing 55lb has a stellar back-up time of 25 minutes at 2,300W,” he said.

“A lead-acid battery equivalent would weigh over 150lb. Every pound saved is an extra pound of armour on the vehicle and this is vital for occupant safety.”

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The ED-LIB intended to power sensitive computer-based equipment from generator-based APU sources is integrated into single and dual-pallet shelters, as well as tactical, hospital or laboratory shelters.

In addition, the ED-LIB is designed to meet the shock and vibration requirements of RTCA/DO160, aone A and the Munson road test to accommodate mobile applications.