LITHIUM/WATER ELECTROCHEMICAL CELL AS A MARINE POWER SOURCE

The reaction of lithium with water can be controlled electrochemically to give a stable very high energy density battery. The rate of reaction is controlled by the admittance of water into the system. The lithium anode/steel cathode couple is typically operated at 1 to 1.3 V with current densities in the range of 50 to 500+mA/sq cm. The battery has unique features which make it especially practical for marine use. Its electrolyte can be predominantly seawater, and the system is, in principle, insensitive to deep ocean pressures. The paper examines lithium/water systems for a wide range of marine applications, including deep submergence vehicles, deep ocean habitats, electric outboard motors, submarine emergency batteries, torpedoes, and sonobuoys.

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 615-619

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  • Accession Number: 00072904
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Paper #749050 Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 16 1975 12:00AM