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Navitas Systems and DuPont to Work Together on Lithium Battery Safety – WSJ.com

Navitas Systems and DuPont to Work Together on Lithium Battery Safety

Joint Development Agreement to Push Greater Advancements in Reducing Battery Fires

WOODRIDGE, Ill., Dec. 3, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Navitas Systems LLC (www.navitassys.com), a leading provider of energy-enabled system solutions, energy storage products, and power electronics for commercial, industrial and government agency customers, announced that it has entered into a joint development agreement with DuPont (NYSE:DD) to evaluate specialized fire mitigation materials which could be incorporated within lithium battery cells and packs.

“Lithium battery fires continue to make headlines, and we need a renewed effort within the industry to lower the potential for lithium batteries to catch fire in adverse conditions. We’re therefore delighted to be working with a company like DuPont, who has such a strong reputation in fire safety innovations” said Navitas Systems Chairman Alan ElShafei.

“DuPont is known the world over for having developed fire mitigation materials which have proved highly effective in applications ranging from data centers to cargo holds of modern aircraft. Our team of world-class battery scientists and engineers are eager to apply specialized DuPont materials into battery test systems, and ultimately develop cell construction techniques and methods for incorporating these materials into commercial battery cells and packs,” ElShafei concluded.

“Enhanced fire safety is a clear need for current and higher-energy Lithium Battery development and utilization,” said Frenk Hulsebosch, Global Business Manager for DuPont Fluoropolymers Solutions. “Navitas Systems has the sophisticated R &D and engineering to evaluate materials in various types and sizes of lithium batteries, and has access to some of the most demanding applications in the military and commercial marketplaces. We’re therefore happy to be working with Navitas on such an important mission,” Hulsebosch concluded.

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