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Protonex selected by Lockheed Martin to enhance HULC power supply technologies

11th February 2010 - 09:02 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Protonex Technology Corporation, a leading provider of advanced fuel cell power systems today announces that it has been selected by Lockheed Martin to develop power supply concepts that will enable its HULCTM robotic exoskeleton to support 72+-hour extended missions. Protonex will evaluate fuel cell-based power solutions that can be carried by the HULC, while at the same time powering the exoskeleton and the user's mission equipment during extended dismounted operations.

Lockheed Martin's un-tethered HULC exoskeleton is an anthropomorphic, electro-hydraulic design that currently operates on lithium polymer batteries. An on-board micro-computer senses the user's actions and ensures the exoskeleton moves in concert with the operator. The HULC design maintains combat flexibility, allowing deep squats, crawls, and upper-body lifting with minimal human exertion.

"Protonex is very pleased to be selected by Lockheed Martin to develop designs for advanced, long duration fuel cell power systems for its innovative and important HULC platform," stated Greg Cipriano, Vice President of Marketing & Military Development at Protonex. "We see a very strong fit between the capabilities of our advanced fuel cell systems and the specific power requirements of the HULC exoskeleton."

Protonex brings significant expertise in developing and manufacturing compact, lightweight and high-performance fuel cell systems for portable power applications in the 100 to 1000-watt range. The Company's fuel cell systems are designed to meet the needs of military, commercial and consumer customers for off-grid applications by providing customizable, stand-alone and portable power solutions.

Source: Protonex

 

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