ULTRA ELECTRONICS, ADAPTIVE MATERIALS SHIPS 300-WATT FUEL CELLS TO ARMY FOR FIELD TESTING

newsJuly 28th, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 28, 2011 – Ann Arbor, Mich. — Ultra Electronics, Adaptive Materials (AMI) recently shipped 15 of its 300-watt solid oxide fuel cells to the U.S. Army for field testing. The fuel cell’s development and delivery are part of a contract AMI has with the Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC), valued at $4.68 million.

Several of the fuel cells in this delivery are ultimately headed to Afghanistan for use by soldiers in the field.

“AMI’s 300-watt fuel cells are ideal for providing direct power to communications and other devices,” said Aaron Crumm, president.  “The fuel cell provides unique advantages: It delivers reliable portable power for operations in the most remote austere environments and it’s fueled by propane, a fuel source that reduces the logistical challenge of supplying forward deployed units in the most disadvantaged locations.”

The 300-watt fuel cell is ideal for applications requiring more power or longer durations than batteries can support. Compared to a generator or the number of batteries that would be required for a multi-day mission, the fuel cell, weighing just 32 lbs., is lightweight and portable.

AMI tested the fuel cells in-house and proven the units to be durable and reliable.  The fuel cells were tested for altitude, vibration, shock, cold, heat, rain, dust and drops.  They are proven to perform in temperatures ranging from -20° C to 50°C.

About Ultra Electronics, AMI
Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Ultra Electronics Adaptive Materials, Inc. (AMI) is the first company to develop, demonstrate and deliver a portable, affordable, and fuel flexible solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) system. The company offers 50 and 250-watt fuel cell systems that are powered by globally available and energy dense propane, butane and LPG. Adaptive Materials’ fuel cell system provides portable power to the United States Armed Forces as well as industries including leisure, remote monitoring, and medical devices. For more information, visit www.adaptivematerials.com.

About Ultra Electronics
Ultra Electronics is an internationally successful defense and aerospace company with a long, consistent track record of development and growth. Ultra businesses constantly innovate to create solutions to customer requirements that are different from and better than those of the Group’s competitors. The Group has over 100 distinct market or technology niches within its 24 businesses. The diversity of niches enables Ultra to contribute to a large number of defense, aerospace and civil platforms and programs and provides resilience to the Group’s financial performance.
Ultra has world-leading positions in many of its niches and, as an independent, non-threatening partner, is able to support all of the main prime contractors with specialist capabilities and solutions. As a result of such positioning, Ultra’s systems, equipment or services are often mission-critical to the successful operation of the platform to which they contribute. In turn, this mission-criticality secures Ultra’s positions for the long term, which underpin the superior financial performance of the Group.
Ultra offers support to its customers through the design, delivery and support phases of a program. Ultra businesses have a high degree of operational autonomy where the local management teams are empowered to devise and implement competitive strategies that reflect their expertise in their specific niches. The Group has a small head office and executive team that provide to the individual businesses the same agile, responsive support that they provide to customers as well as formulating Ultra’s overarching, corporate strategy.

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