Getting a charge out of ceramics

  • 30-Jun-2008 07:43 EDT

Lockheed Martin signed an exclusive international rights agreement to integrate and market Electrical Energy Storage Units (EESUs) from Cedar Park, TX-based EEStor for military and homeland-security applications. EEStor is developing ceramic battery chemistry that could provide 10 times the energy density of lead-acid batteries at one-tenth the mass and volume and also be half the price per stored watt-hour of traditional battery technologies. EESUs are expected to be nontoxic, nonhazardous, and nonexplosive, and because the design is based on ultracapacitor architecture, it will allow for flexible packaging and rapid charge/discharge capabilities. Qualification testing and mass production at EEStor’s facility in Cedar Park is planned for late 2008. In a separate release, Lockheed Martin announced that it has acquired PercepTek, a Colorado-based provider of advanced autonomous software technologies.

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