Jadoo Fuel Cells Readying for Deployment

March 05, 2006 by Jeff Shepard

Jadoo Power Systems, Inc. (Jadoo) has delivered the IFS24 military development platform to the Special Operations Command (SOCOM) division of the US Military. As part of the SOCOM contract awarded to Jadoo, the IFS24 was the first step in moving soldier power off legacy battery solutions currently in place.

The IFS24 power system, when fully developed and deployed, will replace existing batteries (BA-5590s) with the ability to provide the required runtime in a package that is 30% the weight of the current battery system. The IFS24 delivers expanded application capability through its integrated hybrid power management (HPM) module for optimized peak performance.

One of the leading manufacturers of the current BA 5590 lithium battery is Saft. The company produces three versions of the BA 5590: the BA 5590 Lithium Sulfur Dioxide and Lithium Manganese Dioxide (LiMnO2) are used as primary sources while Li-ion versions have been gradually replacing some primary batteries in military equipment. In the period 1999 - 2003 Saft delivered an estimated 1,000,000 BA-5590 batteries to the US Military, and was the largest supplier of batteries during the 2003 war in Iraq.

"The Jadoo IFS24 exceeded our expectations," said Mitch Wathen, SOCOM's Naval Air Systems Command representative. "The future roadmap for this technology is amazing in the areas of continued carry weight reduction and power delivery - something critical to saving the lives of our soldiers."

"Jadoo is pleased to have delivered a system with the features and benefits of the IFS24 on-time and within the budget," said Larry Bawden, President and CEO, Jadoo Power. "We are confident that our experience in bringing products to market will continue to help us push the IFS24 to new breakthrough levels."