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ADA Technologies Receives $750K to Develop Lithium-ion Batteries for Military Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 8:39am
DENVER -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- ADA Technologies, Inc. (ADA) received a $750,000 contract from the U.S. Air Force for research on an innovative nanomaterial-enabled power system for use in small to micro Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). Specifically, ADA will create a high performance, cost effective and easy-to-manufacture lithium-ion battery that meets the power generation and storage requirements of military UAS. The Phase II research will be performed in collaboration with SouthWest NanoTechnologies (Norman, OK) and a major lithium-ion battery manufacturer.

Military UAS have the potential for use in a variety of indoor and outdoor missions and, therefore, must be highly mobile and portable. Furthermore, many of the possible uses for UAS require significant endurance. Current state-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries are not capable of providing sufficient energy while remaining within the military’s size constraints. As a result, significant advancements in lithium-ion battery energy and power density are required to enable UAS to execute their intended missions.

During Phase I research, ADA made significant progress in the development of advanced nanocomposite electrodes for lithium-ion batteries that possess substantially greater energy and power density, cycle life and safety as compared to current state-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries.

ADA’s Phase II research will focus on establishing electrode synthesis protocols and relevant-scale electrode processes. This program will culminate in the design, production and demonstration of a full-scale prototype lithium-ion battery for integration into a military UAS.

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