STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Oct. 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- EC Power, inventor of thermal modulation cell technology, announces it has been awarded an AFWERX
STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Oct. 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — EC Power, inventor of thermal modulation cell technology, announces it has been awarded an AFWERX Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase II contract to develop the second generation FastLion™ lithium-ion cell to deliver extreme fast charging capability to electrified aircraft and high-performance ground vehicles.
“EC Power’s FastLion cell technology is transformational for the battery industry. Combining it with the Agility Prime vision for advanced air mobility, we are going to deliver fast-charging batteries that lead the market in energy density, without sacrificing an ounce of cycle-life” said EC Power’s Head of Business Development, Eric Rountree.
Prof. Chris Rahn, who is managing the Penn State effort had this to say about the project: “Based on what we know now, it is unlikely we will see battery technology that can simultaneously deliver the power and energy needed to keep aircraft in flight for an entire rush hour period within this decade. Therefore, fast charging technologies for opportunity charging during passenger swaps hold the key to practical commercialization of urban air taxis. Without innovative solutions in the fast-charging space, the economics will not be there; but we believe we can deliver in this area.”
EC Power’s first generation FastLion™ battery demonstrated a temperature independent 5-minute fast charge equivalent to refueling a 50-mile eVTOL aircraft trip and proved capable of over 3,500 trips under this charging load. Ongoing efforts are focused on increasing the energy density while retaining this impressive rate and cycling performance.
EC Power has partnered with the Division of Support Equipment and Vehicles (SE&V) within AFPEO Agile Combat Support on the development of FastLion™ batteries. “I have devoted my career to ensuring that the U.S. Air Force had top of the line support equipment. Fully electrified equipment is the new frontier we must master, and our logistics demand the capability for a fast recharge.” said Nhat Nguyen, the Modernization Engineering Chief for SE&V. Tahrea Grant, the Chief Engineer for SE&V commented “It can only be considered appropriate that the support vehicles for the Air Force one day include flying cars. We fully support the Agility Prime vision and will be doing our part to introduce this technology in practical ways as it nears TRL 9.”
About AFWERX SBIR/STTRs
AFRL and AFWERX have partnered to streamline the Small Business Innovation Research process in an attempt to speed up the experience, broaden the pool of potential applicants and decrease bureaucratic overhead. Beginning in SBIR 18.2, and now in 20.3, the Air Force has begun offering ‘The Open Topic’ SBIR/STTR program that is faster, leaner, and open to a broader range of innovations.
About EC Power
EC Power is the inventor of thermally modulated cell technology, an agnostic approach to temperature-independent power and charging across all Li-ion chemistries. To learn more, please visit www.ecpowergroup.com
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