October 21, 2020 - Joint Title III Project Results in Rechargeable Energy Cells for Soldiers in the Field of Combat
KAYO Battery, a leading provider of battery power solutions, conducted the final program management review of the lithium-ion battery production for military applications (LIMA) project with the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate (AFRL/RXME) to validate a domestic source of supply for lithium-ion batteries utilized in military weapon systems.
Lithium-ion technology is used in the development of rechargeable energy cells. The lithium-ion SLC-201 cells make lightweight batteries utilized in weapons and communication systems. This includes conformal wearable batteries that provide energy storage required to power soldiers’ communications, intelligence and surveillance in a thin flexible form.
“KAYO is now prepared to receive requests for lithium-ion SCL-201 cells from our newly expanded facility as part of the Title III project,” said Gordon Walker, chief executive officer at KAYO. “This project leveraged our ability to design and engineer the product as well as establish the manufacturing process needed for full production of the cells.”
The Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III team, along with a Department of Defense (DoD) integrated project team, worked with KAYO to execute the program. In the process, KAYO established its Lithium-Ion Center of Excellence, located in Joplin, Missouri. KAYO expanded the location by 100,000 square feet, 15,000 of which is dry room manufacturing space to support the Title III project.
The LIMA project was executed as part of the DPA Title III program which provides the President of the United States broad authority to ensure the timely availability of essential domestic industrial resources to support national defense and homeland security requirements through the use of highly tailored economic incentives. Specifically, the program is designed to create, maintain, protect, expand or restore domestic industrial base capabilities. KAYO entered the LIMA project with a reputation of being a reliable, innovative supplier to the DoD for many years.
The small-format pouch cell, SLC-201, production has successfully completed all military specification performance tests (L1-L12) and United Nations Department of Transportation (UN DOT) safety tests (L13-L18). KAYO has met all the technical requirements of the Technology Investment Agreement (TIA) with AFRL/RXME. KAYO is receiving orders of SLC-201 cells which will be used in portable power military applications.
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