Lithium-ion batteries are on the move. Popular for many years in consumer electronics, these battery packs, notable for high energy density, low rates of self-discharge and low levels of maintenance, are increasingly used in electric vehicles, military applications, and aviation and aerospace design. Jean-Marc Thevenoud, marketing manager at French battery designer and manufacturer Saft, says it will take time for lithium-ion technology to make serious inroads into aerospace: “For any ...

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