In 2015, Dannar and BMW co-developed BMW i3 EV batteries, a "first-of-its-kind electric heavy-duty vehicle for infrastructure maintenance and disaster response," designed for road applications. By 2017, Dannar launched its Mobile Power Station off-road work vehicles equipped with BMW i3 EV batteries. (Related: Tesla to expand lithium refining capacity to meet growing demand for EV batteries.)
Dannar's Mobile Power Station, which allows owners to use the same vehicle for different tasks and adapt to different seasons, can carry multiple BMW i3 battery packs on board.
In 2020, the AFWERX energy innovation challenge, a technology transition initiative of the U.S. Air Force, expanded into a major Department of Defense (DoD) project under the banner of the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU).
Recently, DIU announced the Extended Duration for Storage Installations (EDSI) project, a joint initiative between the Air Force and the Navy. This project aims to showcase three new technologies for extended-duration energy storage: Dannar's mobile lithium-ion EV batteries and stationary flow batteries from CellCube and Redflow.
The EDSI project seeks to enhance the resilience of backup power systems at DoD installations and operational energy platforms by increasing the minimum power threshold and uptime, allowing them to stay online. The project also emphasizes reducing power inputs and draws during peak demand.
Dannar contributes four different configurations of its i3 EV battery solution to the EDSI project. These vehicles operate in support of new electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft at two Air Force sites and participate in a vehicle-to-grid/vehicle-to-vehicle resilience evaluation initiative at three sites under the Navy and Marine Corps.
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