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July 2006

Saft lithium-ion rechargeable batteriesfor transportable power applications

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Saft Li-ion battery solutionsA global capability in industry –

A broad capability…Saft is an international market-leadingdesigner and manufacturer of batterysystems. Our front-line experience withindustry and the military spans overalmost a century, including more than10 years in lithium-ion.

Why Lithium-ion?High-technology devices areindispensible in today’s fast, mobileenvironment. Conventional energysources are inadequate as newapplications emerge to meet newdemands in a global market. Saftlithium-ion battery technology hasevolved to provide autonomous energysolutions: highly efficient, compact andtransportable.

Why Saft?High-tech industrial devices requireguarantees of reliability, cost efficiencyand durability. And Saft has a longexperience in delivering this level ofservice to large industries.

From Saft’s Li-ion manufacturing sites(Bordeaux and Poitiers in France;Cockeysville and Valdese in USA)rechargeable lithium systems havebeen deployed into global industries,such as :

– space

– medical

– military

– aviation

– professional electronics

– telecom networks

– transport


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Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries andsystems are fully integrated, innovativeand intelligent, optimised for a diverserange of applications, including :

• satellite positioning and navigation

• portable gas detector

• safety lamps (e.g. mining lamps,professional lighting)

• remote asset tracking

• life-preserving medical applications(e.g. external cardiac defibrillators,drug pumps, respiratory assistance)

• hospital equipment (e.g. diagnosticequipment, emergency blood warmingdevice, bone growth stimulator)

• equipment and communications forthe modernized soldier (e.g. air-purifying respirator, radiocommunication, night vision,telemetry)

• professional cordless power tools(e.g. circular saws, hammer drills,impact wrenches)

• personal mobility (e.g. electric bikesand scooters, wheelchairs andstairlifts)

• on-board systems (e.g. spacevehicles, fighter aircraft, UAVs)

• professional video

Benefits of Saft’s MPand VL for professionalapplicationsSaft offers professional Li-ionsolutions for demanding applicationswhich require :

• flexibility of cylindrical and prismaticsformats

• higher voltages

• more than 700 operations

• efficiency within a wide temperaturerange

• the longest possible running times

for increasing power needs


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Because every application is very specific, each battery must be tailored precisely. Saft’s broad range of technologies enableoptimised solutions – whether for large installations or for small portable devices.

with a track-record of quality

Battlefield computerbattery packEight MP 176065 in series withcharge monitoring electronics

Battery for Integrated TargetAcquisition Systems28 V high power Li-ion system withhuman-to-machine interface (andembedded management software)

Rackmount Intensium™ battery48 V high power system withhuman-to-machine interface in19'' 1U rack delivering 3 kWduring 5 minutes

Battery for micro satelliteEight MP cells in series in shock-and vibration-resistant casing

* Photos not to scale

Made to measure battery systemsCells are integrated into Saft modules or customised battery systems. These complete systems which include electronic devicesmonitoring performance, and safety electronics, human-to-machine interface, thermal and safety management specific to eachapplication. Saft can develop battery formats tailored to individual needs:

Breaking old boundaries fornew applicationsSaft’s series of Medium Prismatics (MP) and Cylindrical (VL)rechargeable lithium-ion cells and systems feature :

• high energy density

• weight saving solutions

• unrivalled operating temperature range

• extended lifetime, even at high temperatures

• maintenance-free reliability

• low life cycle cost

Versatile Li-ion benefits customersby providing :• diversified formats for a variety of equipment

• lifetime matching that of the equipment

• reliability and peace of mind

• rapid charging for fast availability

• robust spiral construction, an asset for portable militaryand medical applications

• easy transportation and storage

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Research and developmentThe quality of its research and development teams is one of Saft’s majorcompetitive strengths, allowing Saft to maintain the technological leadershipwhich is the key to its commercial success. Applied research programmesemploy 50 people, located mainly in Bordeaux, France and Cockeysville inthe United States. At the same time, another 250 people work in productdevelopment directly at the manufacturing sites.

Broad industrial capabilitySaft operates high output Li-ion cell manufacturing lines on both sides ofthe Atlantic. Advanced levels of automation ensure efficient production andfast delivery. Semi-automated battery assembly shops provide the flexibilityto deliver customized packs while remaining very cost competitive.

Transport and securitySaft’s packaging, labelling and shipping conform to highest levels ofinternational standards governing battery testing and classification. Thisinsures worldwide safe, secure transportationand storage.

In house R & D, worldwide industrial footprint

Lithium-ion in actionMany of our customers are pioneers in fields ofhigh technology. Saft’s research, engineering andknow-how in customized Li-ion solutions havecontributed to their success with :

• the first geostationary satellite to fly with Li-ion

• the first permanent constellation of MEO satellites to fly with Li-ion

• pioneering light and compact lamps for explosive atmosphere

• advanced handheld detectors

• state of the art portable military applications

• advanced portable target acquisition system

They all have Saft Li-ion on board!

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SaftSpecialty Battery Group12, rue Sadi Carnot93170 Bagnolet – FranceTel: +33 (0)1 49 93 19 18Fax: +33 (0)1 49 93 19 69

Doc N° 54047-2-0706Edition: July 2006Data in this document is subject to change without noticeand becomes contractual only after written confirmation.

Photo credits: Berlin Heart AG, Digital Vision, ©DORNA SPORTS 2005,EADS Astrium, By courtesy of Eca, ESA-J. HUART,Foto courtesy of Abiomed Europe GmbH, ©GoodShoot/Corbis, 2005 Gotive a.s.,Industrial Scientific, PDQ Mobility, Program Executive Officer Soldier.

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Saft’s environmental policy

Saft has had partnerships for many years with collection companies in most European countries as well as in NorthAmerica. This collection network receives spent batteries from end users and dispatches them to fully approved

recycling facilities, in compliance with the Laws governing transboundary waste shipments. In other countries, Saft assists itscustomers in finding environmentally sound recycling solutions. To inquire on how your company can benefit from this network,please contact your sales representative for further information.