Bipolar nickel-hydrogen battery development - A program reviewAn overview of spacecraft power system design trends, focusing on higher power bus voltages and improved energy storage systems, is followed by a discussion of bipolar Ni/H2 battery development efforts. Several 10-cell batteries and one 50-cell battery are described, and performance results are presented. A comparison of individual-pressure-vessel and bipolar Ni/H2 technologies is used to suggest a new direction for bipolar Ni/H2 battery development efforts, toward a large number of passively cooled cells in parallel.
Manzo, Michelle (NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Lenhart, Stephen (Ford Aerospace Corp. Palo Alto, CA, United States)
Hall, Arnold (Whittaker-Yardney Power Systems Pawcatuck, CT, United States)