LTC Receives Army Contract for Charging System

January 08, 2004 by Jeff Shepard

Lithium Technology Corp. (LTC, Plymouth Meeting, PA), an early production stage rechargeable lithium battery manufacturer, announced receipt of a small business innovative research, phase-one contract from the US Army Communications-Electronics Command for the development of an Ultrafast Charging Lithium Battery System.

Under the contract, LTC will develop a high-power, 14.4V, lithium-ion battery system that will be used to rapidly charge smaller battery packs in the field, and will itself be capable of recharging quickly from another power supply such as a vehicle-mounted, gas-fueled generator. The high-rate, lithium-ion technology is suitable for this application as it reduces charge times to 30 minutes or less from the typical two-plus hours required to charge standard lithium-ion batteries.