LTC Delivers Prototype Battery to Chicago University

March 10, 2003 by Jeff Shepard

Lithium Technology Corp. (LTC, Plymouth Meeting, PA) announced that its US operating unit, GAIA USA, has delivered a small-scale, prototype battery to the University of Chicago for a special airborne application. The University's Astrophysics and Space Research Department is building research instrumentation for use in a high-altitude balloon under the sponsorship of NASA's National Space Balloon Facility in Palestine, TX.

The 30V, 7Ah prototype unit will be used to perform system checks in advance of the delivery of the full-scale battery - a 30V, 180Ah on-board battery that will store solar-electric power for use by the Tracer Lite II research instrumentation as it collects data on cosmic rays.

"LTC is ready to provide its lightweight lithium-ion battery solutions for scientific and other high-altitude ballooning and airborne applications, stated Ron Turi, GAIA USA's director of product development and applications. "The battery for the University of Chicago represents a first delivery by LTC into this growing niche market."