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Advanced Dependent Pressure Vessel (DPV) Nickel-Hydrogen Spacecraft Cell and Battery DesignThe dependent pressure vessel (DPV) nickel-hydrogen (Ni-H2) battery is being developed as a potential spacecraft battery design for both military and commercial satellites. Individual pressure vessel (IPV) Ni-H2 batteries are currently flying on more than 70 Earth-orbiting satellites and have accumulated more that 140,000,000 cell-hours in actual spacecraft operation. The limitations of standard Ni-H2 IPV flight battery technology are primarily related to the internal cell design and the battery packaging issues associated with grouping multiple cylindrical cells. The DPV cell design offers higher specific energy and reduced cost, while retaining the established IPV Ni-H2 technology flight heritage and database. A design performance analysis is presented at both the cell and battery level. The DPV is capable of delivering up to 76 Watthours per kilogram (Wh/kg) at the cell level and 70 Wh/kg at the full battery level. This represents a 40 percent increase in specific energy at the cell level and a 60 percent increase in specific energy at the battery level compared to current IPV Ni-H2 technology.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Coates, Dwaine K.
(Eagle-Picher Industries, Inc. Joplin, MO United States)
Wright, R. Doug
(Eagle-Picher Industries, Inc. Joplin, MO United States)
Repplinger, Ron S.
(Eagle-Picher Industries, Inc. Joplin, MO United States)
Date Acquired
August 17, 2013
Publication Date
December 1, 1996
Publication Information
Publication: Space Electrochemical Research and Technology
Subject Category
Energy Production And Conversion
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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