Solar Energy Storage Targeted For Military Applications

Hot on the heels of the announcement that it will put up £19 million for energy entrepreneurs, the UK took yet another step into its energy future. Four British companies are joining forces to create a new generation of solar energy storage systems for the military. The coming together of Lincad, Oxis Energy, Pure Wafer, and Solutronic will see the expertise of the respective companies being lent to the project. The state-of-the-art setup will incorporate the latest technology from solar cells, battery storage, and power systems.

Lincad will apply its knowledge in creating battery systems, while Oxis Energy contributes its advanced technology in lithium sulphur cells. Tough solar cells with a high conversation rate suitable for military deployment will be provided by Pure Wafer. The solar device will be able to generate energy for electrical equipment and also keep the lithium sulphur batteries juiced up. Solutronics has the responsibility of powering the entire system.

The CEO of Oxis Energy was bullish in his projection of the system’s utility. Huw Hampson-Jones claimed that the system “will be invaluable to the armed forces”, adding that it “will impact commercial businesses and residential households across Europe and the wider world and will considerably reduce energy bills.” Solar storage appears to be a technology highly suited for military deployment, but are there any drawbacks to be considered? Leave your comments below!

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