New product! 10 questions & answers about Advanced Energy Storage

UPDATE (June 12, 2018): Read our press release from Eurosatory.

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As APS prepares to introduce a new Advanced Energy Storage System to the international defense and security industry June 11-15 at Eurosatory, Paris, we’ve been anticipating the response from our current and potential customers.

We know there will be excitement.

We also know you’ll have questions. In fact, we hope you have questions.

We also hope that we answer a few of them in the Q&A that follows.

Let’s get to it.

1. Question: Can you give an example of how the system might be used for defense and security purposes?

Answer: In comparison to a 24-volt solution, our Advanced Energy Storage System creates over twice the available power and up to 6 times more energy in the same space, and with the same weight, as a traditional solution.

What does all this power mean? It provides the ability to run all vehicle systems in any situation and still have energy to charge any remote system faster than any traditional system.

How much power you can access, and for how long, will be a function of how many power packs you use. This system is easily scalable in about 3 kWh increments, up to 118kWh.

2. Q: What’s the difference between the lithium-ion batteries in my household electronics and the power packs in your systems?

A: Our power packs use Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC) chemistry, which represents one of the seven common types of lithium-ion batteries on the market.

Most of the systems for vehicle auxiliary power are lithium-iron phosphate (LFP) batteries working at a traditional 12 volts. Designed for consumer applications, this chemistry is what you find in smartphones, toys and lead-acid replacement batteries.

The NMC chemistry we use is what powers electric and hybrid vehicles like the Chevy Volt and Tesla Model S. Our exclusive access to the automotive supply chain allows us to provide the highest quality performance, which is not otherwise accessible or affordable in small-volume vehicle markets.

3. Q: What kind of output does the system provide?

A: We provide multiple converters that can supply stable, constant output current from 40 to 250+ amps. Our solutions are considered power supplies, so they deliver a constant voltage.

Gone are the days of voltage sag and electronic glitches due to low batteries.

Our system was designed around a nominal 51 volts to deliver higher performance and longer life than other options.

Using higher voltage means more power with less weight and less space, which equates to charge times up to 10 times faster than traditional 12-volt solutions.

In addition, our systems are still considered low-voltage and touch-safe, which means your existing team can perform maintenance safely.

4. Q: Is there a solar-charging option for this system?

A: Yes. The system can be charged by driving, by plugging into shore power in the US and internationally, and/or with a solar panel or panels.

With solar panels, our system uses maximum power point tracking (MPPT) to optimize usable power.

5. Q: Is the system safe?

A: Yes. High-level automotive failure mode effects are integrated into our 7-layer approach to safety, which includes safeguards at every level, from the way we source materials to the design of the energy storage cells themselves.

We arrange calls between engineers and clients to discuss safety elements and other application-specific concerns in depth. We invite you to contact us with your questions.

6. Q: Does this product meet any international standards?

A: Yes. Please contact us directly with your specific standard requirements.

7. Q: How many charge-discharge cycles should we expect from a system like this? How long will it last?

These power packs are not lead-acid batteries. Their advanced chemistry and design make them charge faster, last longer, and withstand deeper discharge.

They have been tested to ensure performance for 2,000 cycles and still retain more than 80% of their original capacity.

We’d be happy to speak with you about system longevity in regard to your specific application. Please contact us.

8. Q: What are the operating temperatures for the system?

A: The system will withstand a wide operating temperature range, from -20C to 55C (0F to 149F).

9. Q: Can the system withstand impact?

A: Yes. Cells have been tested to withstand an impact of 50 g.

10. Q: How does the user operate the system?

A: The system uses the industry standard protocol.

Most users will run the system via laptop that connects directly through USB, although other configurations are possible.

Have a question of your own about the Advanced Energy Storage System? Please contact us directly.

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