Protonex to Jointly Develop Portable Power System for USAF

September 20, 2005 by Jeff Shepard

Protonex Technology Corp. (Southborough, MA), a developer of fuel cell power solutions for portable and remote applications, announced that is has signed a teaming agreement with Northrop Grumman Laser Systems to develop a portable power fuel cell system for the United States Air Force (USAF). The companies recently demonstrated a prototype of the system for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Protonex' agreement with Laser Systems is expected to help speed wide-scale deployment of portable power fuel cell solutions in the marketplace. Northrop Grumman is a global defense company that provides advanced products, services and solutions to US and international military, government, and commercial customers. The Air Force demonstration allowed both companies to showcase their individual and collaborative capabilities.

The demonstrated system represents the further development of the P1 system delivered by Protonex to the AFRL in March. Both systems are based on a 30 W portable fuel cell power system fueled by chemical hydride. This latest system offers greater power density, increased functionality, and improved ease-of-use. The efficient fuel-cell-based system includes advanced battery technology and an intelligent power manager.