Navy signs agreement with Purdue University to develop cybersecure energy storage systems

WASHINGTON. Purdue University officials entered into a new cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) with the aim to develop the next generation of high capacity, safe, reliable, and cybersecure energy storage systems.

The goal of the agreement is to provide safe, non-flammable, non-explosive batteries; ammo piercing, high-impact collision-safe devices; low-weight, high volumetric density solutions; long-life energy supply well exceeding mission duration needs; and built-in battery health monitoring.

“This is a great agreement to couple Purdue's vast power and energy research with NSWC Crane, which features the Department of Defense’s (DoD) largest collection of expertise on energy storage and interconnect technologies,” says John Fassino, NSWC Crane’s Principal Investigator. “As the future Naval combat systems become more integrated, the need for more flexible, networked, and adaptive power and energy solutions will be required to meet mission demands. This collaborative research will help foster the innovative solutions necessary for mission performance while reducing size, weight, and power requirements, and also improving safety on military platforms.”

“Safe, reliable, cyber secure energy are pivotal to the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps to meet surface, undersea, air, facilities and expeditionary requirements,” says Dr. Ernesto Marinero, Purdue’s Principal Investigator. “Whereas high energy density offer the capacity requirements for various missions, their safety and reliability hinders their wide implementation for military applications. and NSWC Crane seek to develop – through the execution of this – materials solutions for batteries, as well as the technologies required to provide real time information on their state of charge and state of health.”

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