Following yesterday’s announcement that several thousand British troops are to be made redundant it merely confirms what we knew already in so much as the UK government is keen to reduce the cost of running the armed forces. Therefore, any way that this can be achieved without also impacting on the security of this country should surely be welcomed.
Therefore, you will no doubt find it interesting to hear that a number of energy companies here in the UK are looking to develop solar energy storage products that can be used by the military around the world. These systems will need to be light to carry, strong as they would be used in extreme conditions at times and, of course, safe.
There are four companies involved – Solutronic, Pure Wafer, Oxis Energy and Lincad that have got together to pool their resources and fields of expertise. The solar power storage systems will include the most up to date lithium sulphur battery technology, electronics and solar panels.
Brian Soden who is the Chief Executive Officer for Lincad that will be looking to design the system for the batteries said that fuel costs for armed forces was increasing globally and that governments were looking for alternative more cost effective solutions. He felt that solar power would have a major impact in this respect and that this project would have a significant impact on military energy costs globally.
Oxis Energy will provide the technology for the lithium sulphur cells. Huw Hampson-Jones who is the Chief Executive Officer of Oxis Energy feels that by bringing all four companies expertise together like this will enable the systems to be rapidly and more easily made available.
Solutronic will provide the electronics expertise to connect the equipment, batteries and solar panels to power.
Pure Wafer will provide the highly efficient military solar panels that will be capable of charging the batteries and powering the electrical equipment.