DoD Contract Awarded to Complete Wearable Fuel Cell MIL-STD Certification

Advent Technologies subsidiary UltraCell will further develop and pursue certification of a 50 W portable fuel cell power generation system for use by U.S. Army soldiers By DA Staff / 21 Jun 2021
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Advent Technologies Holdings’ subsidiary, UltraCell LLC, has received a contract from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to focus on completing the MIL-STD certification of the Honey Badger, a 50 W reformed methanol wearable fuel cell power generator designed to operate on plate carriers or backpacks of military personnel.

The contract was signed with the U.S. Army DEVCOM Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Center with funding through the Project Manager Integrated Visual Augmentation System (PM IVAS), which works to enhance the situational awareness capabilities of Soldiers.

This award is focused on advancing the Honey Badger for U.S. Army integration. The effort will drive efforts to complete the full MIL-STD and finalize integrated filtration for Cleaning Compound, Windshield NSN 9850-00-926-2275 to allow the use of logistically sound materials as the primary fuel source.

The cutting-edge Honey Badger is optimized to operate on a Soldier-worn plate carrier or ruck carried for on-the-move battery charging and is designed to integrate with materials already in the U.S. Army supply chain. The versatile, lightweight fuel cell was recently selected by the DoD’s National Defense Center for Energy and Environment (NDCEE) to take part in its 2021 demonstration/validation program. 

The Honey Badger is the only fuel cell to take part in this program, which is led by the C5ISR Center to support the goal of having a technology-enabled force by 2028.

Dr. Vasilis Gregoriou, Chairman and CEO of Advent Technologies, said, “This contract represents a key milestone as we work to expand our markets and position Advent’s products as the technology of choice for key defense applications.”

UltraCell is developing the Honey Badger 20 W and 50 W portable generators for the U.S. Army Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS), and surveillance systems are or can be served by UltraCell’s XX55 GEN3 50 W reformed methanol fuel cell. 

The Honey Badger fuel cells combine spiraled advanced thermal management and catalysis technologies with existing designs to dramatically reduce the size and weight of the fuel cells. This increased power density coupled with UltraCell’s use of logistically available fuel sources aims to expand the user base of the fuel cells. The XX55 is serving on the front lines for the war on terror and other strategic fronts.

The Honey Badger technology will help scale up and enable Advent to create derivatives for commercial and industrial markets through methane emissions reduction programs.

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