ADA Technologies, Inc. has been awarded a $70,000 contract from the U.S. Army to begin Phase 1 of the development of an electrochemical ultracapacitor for use in hybrid military vehicles. ADA's developmental work will be performed with assistance from Maxwell Technologies, the company behind the commercially-available line of Boostcap ultracapacitors.
Douglas Campbell, ADA's research and development program manager, outlined the developmental goals of the U.S. Army-funded project, stating:
It's hard to imagine that the Humvee, the vehicular backbone of the U.S. military, could some day be outfitted with electrochemical ultracapacitors and a diesel-electric powertrain... but who knows?We expect the successful completion of this Phase I research to lead to development of ultracapacitors with the energy and power densities needed for military applications. In addition, these ultracapacitors will have safe operation over a wide temperature range and excellent cycle life, making them unique in the market.
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