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06 Jun 14. SunPower to construct second solar power plant at Nellis Air Force Base. NV Energy has selected SunPower for the construction of a 19MW direct current solar photovoltaic power system at Nellis Air Force Base (AFB) in Nevada, US. Construction is expected to start in 2015 and is subject to contract approval by Nevada’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The system represents the second major solar installation at the air base. SunPower had completed a 14MW (DC) solar power system at the facility in 2007, which was inaugurated in December the same year.
The SunPower Oasis power plant system is a fully integrated, modular solar power block, engineered to rapidly and cost-effectively deploy utility-scale solar projects while optimising land use at the air base.
SunPower regions president Howard Wenger said the company took nine months to build the existing plant, which was the largest solar photovoltaic power plant in the US at the time. NV Energy renewable energy and origination vice president Stacey Kusters said the company look towards bringing cleaner, renewable energy to power facilities and military operations at the base. Nellis AFB’s existing solar power plant contains 70,000 solar panels, and annually generates more than 25GW-hours of electricity and supply more than 25% of the power used at the base. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
10 Jun 14. ATLAS ELEKTRONIK to launch Lithium Iron Phosphate Exercise Battery on UDT 2014. During UDT 2014 in Liverpool the ATLAS ELEKTRONIK Group and Advanced Lithium Systems Europe (ALSE) will launch their new Lithium Iron Phosphate rechargeable exercise battery for electrical torpedoes on the market. The advanced features of this new battery include a longer battery life, enhanced safety, easier handling and more flexible use as well as markedly lower life cycle cost. With cells de-signed to replace the legacy design currently in use the new battery can be used with all ATLAS electrical torpedoes and be adapted for use with any other electrically propelled heavyweight torpedo. To maintain proficiency with a technologically demanding weapon like the heavyweight torpedo regular exercises are a necessity. The cost of these exercises is a major component of the Life Cycle Cost of any submarine fleet. Electrically propelled torpedoes use different batteries for combat and exercise purposes and the cost of legacy type exercise batteries with their short service life and low number of available charge cycles dominates the cost of the exercise shots. The new Lithium Iron Phosphate Exercise Battery has more than five times the service life and can be recharged twenty times as often as the legacy exercise battery system. In addition its very low self-discharge when charged as well as the ease and flexibility of handling relieve exercise planning and scheduling from exercise battery related constraints. This generates major savings in life cycle cost of the torpedo as well as the submarine system. Safety is paramount in the demanding technological environment of the submarine. ATLAS ELEKTRONIK and ALSE have succeeded in passing all tests based on the demanding safety standards of the German Navy needed to achieve certification and clearance for use on submarines of its new
Lithium Iron Phosphate rechargeable battery. This was achieved by a deliberate choice for the safest Lithium Ion type battery chemistry available, Lithium Iron Phosphate, and a unique dedicated battery cell design by ALSE that achieves primary safety. This ALSE battery cell is then integrated by ATLAS into the exercise battery. A battery whose cells conform to primary safety standard does not contain any risks that necessitate extensive secondary safety measures. This ensures a maximum of safety beyond that of the legacy battery system and other