OXFORD, England, June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
A consortium of leading energy companies is to develop safe, lightweight and robust solar energy storage systems for the military around the world and will also be adapted for the commercial and residential market. Lincad, Oxis Energy, Pure Wafer and Solutronic have pooled their expertise in order to incorporate the breakthrough technology they've developed to create a system that will comprise rugged and lightweight solar panels, state-of-the-art electronics and the next generation of battery technology.
LINCAD's input will be to use their expertise in designing battery systems for the defence industry, integrating the system with their new reliable Battery Management System to create an ideal, cost-saving and robust solar energy storage system for the armed forces. Lincad CEO, Brian Soden said, "This development will revolutionise energy costs for the military around the world. It is indisputable that the cost of fuel for defence continues to escalate. Governments are keen to find alternatives and solar energy will play a significant part in bringing down the cost."
OXIS will supply the lithium sulfur cell technology which is characterised by being extremely lightweight as well as by its unparalleled high safety levels. In recent tests for the UK Ministry of Defence, the lithium sulfur cells were shown to withstand extreme abuse. OXIS Energy CEO, Huw Hampson-Jones said, "Combining our expertise in this way will allow these systems to be easily and quickly deployed. They will be invaluable to the armed forces. This development will impact commercial businesses and residential households across Europe and the wider world and will considerably reduce energy bills."
Pure Wafer will contribute the rugged high efficiency military solar panel they've developed that, during daylight hours will power the electrical equipment and charge the lithium sulfur batteries. The power stored in the batteries will continue to supply the electrical equipment during the hours of darkness. Pure Wafer CEO, Peter Harrington added, "This consortium will help solar energy to penetrate both the commercial and residential markets to a much greater extent and will be much more cost-effective."
Solutronic will supply the state-of-the-art electronics which efficiently connects the solar panels, batteries and equipment to power. Uwe Scobel-Freimuller, Solutronics CSO said, "Converting the power efficiently makes a significant improvement to the total energy provided for the attached equipment, thus reducing energy costs further."
Lincad Limited - Power Management Solutions
Lincad Limited is a privately owned UK company with proven expertise in the design and manufacture of standard and specialist batteries, chargers and power management systems for operation in the deployed military environment
OXIS Energy Limited - Next Generation Battery Technology
Since 2004, OXIS Energy has been involved in the design, development and now the move towards commercial production of Lithium Sulfur batteries. OXIS has demonstrable empirical data, justifying its claim on the inherent safety of its battery technology.
PureWafer - More Power, Less Carbon
Pure Wafer solar is Wales's leading solar photovoltaic company. With over 10 years' experience in the solar PV industry, the company is also established as a leading installer of solar PV systems with a strong track record in delivering turnkey solar systems to broad range of customers.
Solutronic - Orange Heart of Energy
Solutronic AG specialises in the development and marketing of grid-connected photovoltaic inverters. Inverters are the most complex, high-end elements in the solar power value chain. They take the direct current generated by the solar modules and convert it to alternating current so that it can be fed into the power supply system.
The company was set up to design and manufacture inverters that would be of a far higher quality than the standard of devices available on the market at that time. Over the last few years, Solutronic has steadily expanded its product portfolio.
SOURCE Lincad Limited, OXIS Energy Limited, Pure Wafer and Solutronic