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We have discussed Lithium Technology applications for Electric Cars in depth at this blog. Tesla Gigafactory plan provides the critical mass volume potential for the advance of Lithium Battery Technology to power Electric Cars and Energy Storage applications for Solar and Wind power. Elon Musk has explained on "60 minutes" that Gigafactory will produce Lithium Batteries for 400 miles range for Tesla Models S and X and 200 miles range for Tesla Model E with $35k price tag!
Today we would like to explore one more application for Lithium Batteries: to power the autonomous robotics systems. For those who would like to understand why Lithium and dig into the Lithium-ion Battery chemistry and other properties the link below will be the every good starting point.
Robotics is getting more and more attention these days and it is important to study the very crucial element which make Robots autonomous - The Power Energy Systems.Lithium Technology has become the industry choice here as well as in Electric Car industry. Robots are advancing very fast now and they have the very distinctive military application among many others.
The security of supply of all strategic materials for mass production of Robots will be the very important element not only in a pure economical sense, but also in its core military meaning. Now we can put all the ongoing Financial Wars and Chinese state-level plans for the Lithium Industry into another perspective.
"26 Billion Lithium Battery market sounds quite impressive, but stakes are much higher in this game. On the chart below you can see the estimated Trillion dollar industries which are being disrupted by the Lithium Technology. China is moving very fast now to built its own Vertically Integrated Lithium Batteries Supply Chain."
"We are following International Lithium here with its strategic partner from China Ganfeng Lithium. Elon Musk with his Tesla Gigafactory has brought a lot of attention to the Lithium strategic commodity story and Asian companies are coming into the spotlight as well now. LG Chem is talking about building major Lithium battery plant in China and Lithium Materials Industry is getting the green light from the Chinese government in its efforts to curb the horrible pollution.
But back to Robots and their Lithium Power Systems, these videos speak for themselves - things are getting advanced very quickly now.
Published on December 24, 2013 at 2:42 AM
FLUX POWER® HOLDINGS, INC., AN INNOVATOR IN ADVANCED LITHIUM ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS, ANNOUNCED AN AGREEMENT WITH PENGUIN AUTOMATED SYSTEMS INC. TO DELIVER A LITHIUM MOTIVE POWER SOLUTION FOR A LARGE UNMANNED ROBOT THAT PENGUIN IS DEVELOPING FOR UNDERGROUND MINING AND CIVIL CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES.
Flux will design and produce a 46-kilowatt, 48-volt lithium iron phosphate battery pack to power Penguin's three-ton robot that will be deployed for subterranean uses including mining and inspecting sewer systems. Development of the robot is scheduled for completion by the mid-2014, to be followed by initial testing with mining and civil construction customers based in South America.
Greg Baiden, Chairman and Chief Technology Officer of Penguin, stated, "We chose Flux for their technical expertise and responsiveness to our unique design needs for run time, charge time and hazardous environment requirements. Innovations in energy storage are allowing Penguin to bring to market new advanced telerobotics solutions for more demanding applications across multiple industries."
Chile's largest mining company, Codelco, is collaborating with Penguin in the development of robotics technologies for underground mining. Hector Cerda, Project Manager of Emerging Technologies and Codelco's leader in the joint project, commented, "the benefits of the Flux battery technology, in terms of size, capacity and safety, should enable better operating performance and acceptance by mine operations and unions."
Acting CEO, Ron Dutt, commented, "We are pleased that Penguin selected Flux to collaborate on such a groundbreaking project that demonstrates the scalability of our LiFT Pack storage solutions. Supporting advances in robotic technology is an exciting new avenue of opportunity for Flux and consistent with our core strengths in developing safe, reliable storage solutions across a range of performance characteristics and form factors."