MTI Micro to Commercialize Military Products in 2006

March 16, 2005 by Jeff Shepard

Mechanical Technology Inc. (MTI, Albany, NY) subsidiary MTI MicroFuel Cells Inc. announced plans to deliver products to the government and military markets in 2006. Military electronic devices are typically powered by high-cost, primary, non-rechargeable batteries. Mobion™-powered products could offer the military lighter loads, longer device use time, and lower costs due to less frequent battery replacements.

To ramp up for the 2006 entry into the military markets, MTI Micro is working on a range of military projects during 2005. The company plans to deliver sensor powerpack prototypes to the Army's Special Operations Command Forces in the second quarter of 2005; develop and deliver a soldier/radio power pack prototype in the third quarter; and announce an agreement with a lead customer/partner for sensor products by the end of the year.

In addition, MTI Micro is now providing Mobion™-based test and evaluation kits for government labs and military device manufacturers. The Mobion™ test and evaluation kit demonstrates the advantages of powering a variety of military electronics with a direct-methanol fuel cell. The Mobion™ kit connects to a hand-held electronic serving as an alternative source of power.