UltraCell to provide mobile fuel cell power for US Army field trials in early 2010

California-based UltraCell Corporation has been selected to provide portable power for electronic devices and recharge military batteries during the US Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment (AEWE) in early 2010. UltraCell is a leading producer of fuel cell systems for mobile power applications, using its reformed methanol micro fuel cell (RMFC) technology.

The AEWE will take place at the Maneuver Battle Lab (MBL) in Fort Benning, Georgia in coordination with the US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) and the Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC). The event will conduct experiments over a seven-week period through live force-on-force and constructive, virtual land simulations to provide a credible and repeatable venue for network-enabled experimentation.

The UltraCell XX25™ fuel cell systems will power military equipment including PRC-119F ASIP radios, rugged notebook computers, and Long Range Thermal Video (LRTV) systems. In addition, the UltraCell XX25 fuel cell units will be used to recharge BB-2590 and Li-80/145 military batteries.

The UltraCell XX25 is capable of delivering 72 h of continuous runtime using a single fuel tank, making it an extremely mobile and lightweight source of power.

The AEWE program, which began in 2004, is focused on emerging technologies. It supports the US Army’s efforts to shorten materiel development, and examine future force requirements and constructs through a linked campaign of experimentation.

UltraCell has an exclusive license with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories for micro fuel cell technology. The company has developed new technologies and intellectual property in methanol-based fuel cells. Its XX25 portable fuel cell has achieved Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 7 status, a significant US Army certification for military use and commercial production.

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