Battery maker EDEA Energy inks $161m Defence deal

Hanwha Redback IFV Defence Tank drives along dusty road in forested area (EDEA)
Hanwha Redback IFV

EDEA Energy has signed an exclusive supply deal with lithium-ion battery technology and manufacturing company Energy Renaissance for the manufacture of lithium-ion battery solutions for use in Defence mobility applications.

The applications include the EDEA 6T NATO Certified SilentWatch battery developed for testing in the Hanwha Redback IFV.

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“EDEA can now confidently supply the Australian Defence Force and Primes with 100% Sovereign Australian energy storage solutions—from cell processing to battery manufacturing. This eliminates foreign security and supply chain risk and removes FX and quality uncertainty,” EDEA Energy managing director Mark Tipping said.

“This partnership also means we can design, develop and manufacture sovereign Australian batteries for almost any defence requirement. One cannot underestimate the importance of this agreement for national security.

“It also opens the door for more collaboration beyond the 6T NATO SilentWatch battery.”

Energy Renaissance CEO Brian Craighead said, “Importantly, the battery management system (BMS) that controls the SilentWatch battery is 100% Australian—both software and chipset. It’s been created by CSIRO to be the world’s most advanced BMS; hyper-accurate and cyber-secure. We believe sovereign control and security is critical for grid-connected batteries and defence applications.”

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The EDEA SilentWatch battery also has significant export potential. The battery scheduled to be tested in the Republic of Korea in June this year.

“EDEA’s advancements in the lithium-ion battery arena is an important milestone in Australia’s defence capability and confirms capacity to manufacture its own battery technology at scale for multiple uses,” Tipping said.

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