Saft has been awarded a multi-million dollar Long Term Agreement (LTA) with Lockheed Martin as the preferred supplier of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries for the company’s telecommunications satellites.
The follow-on five-year contract – signed through 2020 – validates the continued partnership between Saft and Lockheed Martin for Li-ion cells for satellites that have been proven to work reliably under the harsh space conditions. Saft will supply high-energy VL48E Li-ion cells with a 3.6V, 48Ah package to power the satellites with light-weight, reliable technology necessary to withstand a demanding space lifecycle.
“For nearly half a century, Saft has played a significant role in providing high performance batteries to the space market, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to further our relationship with Lockheed Martin,” said Thomas Alcide, President of Saft America, Inc. and General Manager of Saft’s Specialty Battery Group. “Our innovative thinking and advanced technology solutions have led us to become the top supplier worldwide of batteries for satellites as we continue to pursue a mission of powering outer space.”
For Saft, this contract demonstrates a proven – and growing – heritage as a technology leader within the space market.
During a European Industry Summit held on the site of BASF in Antwerp, leaders from basic industry sectors, representing 7.8 million workers in Europe, joined forces with European trade unions and European leaders to address pressing concerns regarding Europe’s industrial landscape.
The use of blue or low-carbon hydrogen, made from natural gas with carbon capture and storage (CCS), could increase near-term global warming by 50% compared with burning fossil fuels directly for energy if emissions are not properly managed, according to a new study by NGO the US Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and the University of Arizona.
In a move to improve the supply of renewable hydrogen and thus reduce dependence on natural gas and contribute to achieving the objectives of the European Green Deal and the REPowerEU plan, the EU Commission has approved a third Important project of common European interest (IPCEI) to support hydrogen infrastructure.