Firefly Energy Selects NorthStar as Manufacturing Partner for Carbon-Graphite Foam Batteries

April 30, 2007 by Jeff Shepard

Firefly Energy Inc., a technology company now developing a carbon-graphite foam lead acid battery for commercial and military uses, announced that a contract has been executed with NorthStar Battery Company, Inc. forming a battery manufacturing partnership to enable prototype and production support of Firefly’s "3D" battery technology to serve the U.S. Army. Specific terms were not disclosed.

Firefly Energy’s 3D carbon-graphite foam lead acid battery is intended to be particularly valuable in Army field combat operations because of what is claimed to be the dramatic advantages it offers over today’s current lead acid battery products. Amongst many advantages, these batteries are said to deliver stronger, consistent performance in temperature extremes, at lighter weight, with greater power and life in deep cycle usage, along with increased overall run-time and stronger vibration resistance. Under a product design provided by Firefly Energy, NorthStar will manufacture a "6T - 3D" carbon-graphite foam lead acid battery.

"NorthStar Battery’s world-class manufacturing expertise will be utilized to create a prototype and production capability for our 3D military battery project," said Edward F. Williams, Chief Executive Officer of Firefly Energy. "This partnership will ultimately offer a compelling next generation of Firefly and NorthStar products across the U.S. military, starting with the U.S. Army".

Jerry Hoffman, President of NorthStar Battery, said, "This manufacturing partnership will take advantage of NorthStar Battery’s extensive experience, expertise and manufacturing resources for lead acid batteries. We’re looking forward to partnering with Firefly Energy and supporting the prototyping and eventual production of this innovative technology."