Bern Township-based EnerSys, one of the largest industrial battery makers in the world, has a $60 million deal to supply lithium-ion cells and batteries to multiple space agencies and equipment manufacturers.
The lithium-ion raw materials and cells will be manufactured by Quallion LLC, an EnerSys subsidiary that has production facilities in Sylmar and Santa Clarita, Calif.
EnerSys will be the only domestic manufacturer with full production of lithium-ion materials, cells and batteries for space applications, the company said.
The batteries, which will be used in satellites and launch vehicles, will be designed, manufactured and tested by ABSL Space Products, an EnerSys subsidiary with plants in Longmont, Colo., for U.S.-based space programs, and in Oxfordshire, England, for European programs.
“These new awards totaling more than $60 million demonstrate development and product acceptance beyond our lead acid business and will leverage our recent lithium technology expansions,” Jeffrey Long, president, Americas, EnerSys, said in a statement.
Mark Matthews, vice president, EnerSys Advanced Systems, said the new lithium-ion contracts are indicative of the company’s strength in the global aerospace and defense sectors.
EnerSys makes the battery that powers manned spacewalks for NASA.
In March, EnerSys was awarded a three-year $71 million contract to supply one of its proprietary batteries used in combat and tactical vehicles and in generators for the U.S. military.