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Virideon unveils air-transportable Li-ion power cell

20 October 2017

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 Virideon VIP/ER example seen here features a single core manager, which has been clipped to the top of the core block with two bidirectional ports in the centre. The beige attachment on the right is an adaptor on one of the high capacity contact pads, providing an additional two charging ports. (Giles Ebbutt)The Virideon VIP/ER example seen here features a single core manager, which has been clipped to the top of the core block with two bidirectional ports in the centre. The beige attachment on the right is an adaptor on one of the high capacity contact pads, providing an additional two charging ports. (Giles Ebbutt)

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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