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Saft Awarded $1.2 Million Contract by Ball Aerospace to Provide Lithium-ion Battery for LEO Satellite Program

PARIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Saft, the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of advanced batteries for industry, has been awarded a $1.2-million dollar contract from Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., to supply the lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery for a LEO (low Earth orbit) satellite program. The battery will serve as the primary power source for the spacecraft, and the partnership represents a new U.S. customer for Saft.

“We look forward to providing Ball Aerospace with proven satellite technology as well as making vital contributions to the space technologies market.”

The lightweight, high-energy battery will qualify to endure the rigors of life in space and contain 40 VL 48E cells in an 8S5P configuration, packaged in eight identical modules. The 32.8V, 240 Ah power source will provide active balancing electronics that maintain consistent cell voltage levels to meet the high cycling requirements of the LEO satellite.

“The agreement represents a new customer relationship for Saft, and enables us to expand our program experience with our lithium-ion technology,” said Glen Bowling, Director of Sales of Saft’s Speciality Battery Group. “We look forward to providing Ball Aerospace with proven satellite technology as well as making vital contributions to the space technologies market.”

Development for the project is underway with delivery scheduled for 2014.

About Saft

Saft (Euronext: Saft) is a world leader in the design and manufacture of advanced technology batteries for industry. The Group is the world’s leading manufacturer of nickel batteries and primary lithium batteries for the industrial infrastructure and processes, transportation, civil and military electronics markets. Saft is the world leader in space and defence batteries with its Li-ion technologies which are also being deployed in the energy storage, transportation and telecommunication markets. Saft’s 4,000 employees present in 18 countries, its 15 manufacturing sites and extensive sales network all contribute to accelerating the Group’s growth for the future.

For more information, visit Saft at www.saftbatteries.com

Contacts

Saft Press contact:
Jill Ledger, +33 1 49 93 17 77
Corporate Communication and Institutional Director
jill.ledger@saftbatteries.com
or
Catherine Jouatel, + 33 1 49 93 1768
Corporate Communication Manager
catherine.jouatel@saftbatteries.com
or
FTI Consulting Strategic Communications
Caroline Guilhaume, +33 1 47 03 68 10
caroline.guilhaume@fticonsulting.com
or
Astrid Villette, +33 1 47 03 68 10
astrid.villette@fticonsulting.com
or
U.S. Press contact:
French/West/Vaughan
Chris Shigas, 919-277-1167
cshigas@fwv-us.com
Source businsswire.com

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