UQM Technologies Gets US Navy Contract for Generator

November 16, 2004 by Jeff Shepard

UQM Technologies Inc. (Frederick, CO), a developer of alternative energy technologies, announced that it has received a contract from the US Navy to design a diesel-driven, compact, lightweight generator for use on small, unmanned military boats. The UQM® generator will have an output of 40 kW and will be used to support the electric power requirements of command and control equipment required by unmanned watercraft. The $70,000 Phase I contract was awarded by the Naval Sea Logistics Center under the Small Business Innovation Research program, and will be performed over a period of six months.

"Unmanned watercraft require more on-board power to run the additional electronic equipment necessary to operate the boat from a remote location. The unmanned watercraft under development are based on 7 m and 11 m rigid hull inflatable boat platforms that have limited weight and space availability for power generation equipment making this application ideal for a UQM generator system," said UQM Technologies Director of Engineering Jon Lutz.