Virideon has developed the Virideon Intelligent Power/Energy Router (VIP/ER) to overcome restrictions imposed in 2016, which discourage transport of Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries by air.
The new regulations classify Li-ion batteries as Class 9 hazardous cargo, restricting their carriage as air freight and limiting their carriage on passenger aircraft to a 30% charge. This includes standard BB-2590/U Li-ion batteries that are used in a wide range of military applications, presenting a challenge for troops deploying by air.
The company claims that VIP/ER is the only Li-ion power source that complies with the latest restrictions, enabling it to be transported fully charged on passenger aircraft.
The VIP/ER comprises a Li-ion power storage element and a separate single core manager (SCM). According to a Virideon representative, the current storage element provides the same capacity as approximately six BB-2590/U batteries in 15% less volume and 25% less weight, equivalent to a single 1.1 kWh battery. This will be increased to 1.5 kWh in the final production version in early 2018 in response to a customer request.
The storage element contains a number of individual cells, each of which is electrically isolated and has less than 20 kWh capacity, thus placing them below the Class 9 threshold. The battery does not become live until the SCM is attached to the top. For transport it clips to a blank fitting on the bottom. The system can therefore be safely transported by air according to IATA regulations.
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