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NEST Energy Systems and International Battery to demonstrate Vehicle Integrated Power Unit Regulator at USMC ExFOB

International Battery, a US manufacturer and developer of large-format Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, will join NEST Energy Systems in the demonstration of NEST’s Vehicle Integrated Power Unit Regulator (VIPUR) system during the Experimental Forward Operating Base 2011 event held at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif. The Experimental Forward Operating Base (ExFOB) is the Marine Corps’ (USMC) innovative process to identify and evaluate energy efficient technologies.

During ExFOB, NEST Energy Systems and International Battery will demonstrate NEST’s VIPUR system in real-world, high-heat desert conditions. VIPUR provides up to 75% fuel consumption reduction for HMMWV (military Humvees), Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) trucks and other tactical vehicles that use excessive idling as a means of generating electrical energy.

MTVRs are frequently used to provide peak (2.5 kW) power for ground-based systems, such as radios, laptops, blue-force trackers, etc. For the demonstration, the VIPUR unit will be paired with a 430-watt portable solar panel to charge the unit.

To improve fuel and energy efficiencies, save costs and logistics, NEST’s VIPUR—which can be installed in less than 30 minutes—operates automatically (no operator intervention needed) and independently of a vehicle’s battery system, utilizing an auxiliary alternator and up to four 1.5 kWh or 4.1 kWh batteries from International Battery featuring UN certified large-format Lithium-Iron Phosphate (LFP) rechargeable cells.

VIPUR components are housed in a reinforced, heavy-duty aluminum container that is secured to a frame and mounted on the tactical vehicle. All components, including the VIPUR’s wiring harness and integrated batteries are weather-, heat- and shock-resistant and are designed for vehicular use. International Battery’s LFP batteries have undergone extensive testing in harsh environments including live round ammunition tests at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NWSC) Crane and Carderock divisions, and currently are undergoing continued TR level 5 and 6 testing at KEMA.

International Battery is involved with various fuel saving programs including the USMC Ground Renewable Expeditionary Energy Network System (GREENS) as well as the Hybrid Advanced Microgrid Power System (HAMPS) which several branches of the military are adopting.

Created in 2009, ExFOB brings together stakeholders and industry vendors from across the Marine Corps’ requirements, acquisitions and technology development communities in a dynamic process to quickly deploy technologies to reduce the need for liquid logistics today and to establish requirements for tomorrow.



When fuel delivered to the front can cost $100/gallon, measures like this are long overdue.

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