GS Yuasa Li-ion Battery Cells Selected to Power International Space Station

11/29/2012

GS Yuasa Li-ion battery cells selected to power International Space Station

Roswell, GA, November 29, 2012 – GS Yuasa Lithium Power, Inc. (GYLP) has been awarded a contract by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR) to provide lithium ion (Li-ion) battery cells to be used on the International Space Station (ISS).   PWR will integrate GS Yuasa Li-ion cells into batteries that will replace the nickel-hydrogen (Ni-H2) batteries which currently power the ISS Electrical Power System (EPS) during its eclipse mode.  This battery replacement effort is part of an initiative to extend the operation and utilization of the ISS.

“Over the past 3 years, GS Yuasa’s technology and manufacturing capability have been thoroughly evaluated by NASA.   Following destructive physical analyses of our cells, successful completion of cell qualification and comprehensive audits of our processes and facilities, this award affirms GS Yuasa’s uncommon quality, service and value,” said Curtis Aldrich, GYLP’s director of business development.  “We are very happy to continue our relationship with PWR and we are proud to have the opportunity to support the ISS program.”

GS Yuasa will supply its LSE134 li-ion cell which has completed qualification testing for the ISS program.  The LSE134 (134Ah nameplate capacity) cell is a member of GS Yuasa’s Generation III family of Li-ion cells for space and is ideally suited to the electrical, size and mass requirements of this mission.  The LSE134 approximately triples the available energy storage on both a per mass and a per volume basis relative to the existing Ni-H2 battery and is capable of powering critical ISS systems well beyond the required 10-year service life.

“The award of this contract is another example of the confidence the space community has in GS Yuasa’s Li-ion cells for space applications,” explained GYLP President Bill Moll.  “This award follows the successful completion of Phase I of the battery cell procurement which was a highly competitive process.   As one of the largest single deployments of lithium ion cells in a space application, the ISS battery replacement project cements GS Yuasa’s position as a market leader in stored energy solutions for aerospace systems.”

GS Yuasa is a world leader in Li-ion energy storage for space applications.  More than 68 orbital vehicles have relied on GS Yuasa Li-ion for a total of more than 1,400,000 watt-hours of storage capacity orbited without failure.

 

To learn more about GS Yuasa’s LSE family of Li-ion cells for space, please contact GS Yuasa Lithium Power, Inc.

 

About GS Yuasa Corporation
GS Yuasa Corporation was established in 2004 by the merger of Japan Storage Battery Co., Ltd and YUASA Battery. GS Yuasa develops and manufactures batteries and power supply systems for a wide range of special applications. The company’s high-performance, high-quality batteries are installed in sea, land, and aerospace environments, from depths of 6,500 meters below the ocean surface to 36,000 kilometers in space.
http://www.gs-yuasa.com/jp/ (Japanese)
https://www.gs-yuasa.com/us/ (English)

 

About GS Yuasa Technology, LTD (GYT)
GS Yuasa Technology is a subsidiary of GS Yuasa Corporation located in Kyoto, Japan. GYT designs and manufacturers large format lithium ion cells for aerospace and specialty applications.
1-37 Osadano-cho Fukuchiyama-shi
Kyoto pref. 620-0853, Japan
Phone: 81-773-20-2630

About GS Yuasa Lithium Power (GYLP)
GS Yuasa Lithium Power, Inc. is the United States subsidiary of GS Yuasa focused on large format lithium ion battery system manufacturing for US customers. Primary products are lithium-ion battery systems for aerospace, defense, commercial, and industrial applications. http://gsyuasa-lp.com/

For additional information, please contact:

GS Yuasa Lithium Power, Inc

1150 Northmeadow PKWY Suite 118 Roswell, GA 30076 USA 888.GSYUASA (888.479.8272) 678.892.7501 (fax) media@gsyuasa-lp.com

http://www.gsyuasa-lp.com