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UltraCell Product and Technology

Summary
UltraCell LLC
2-5-13

Ian Kaye, GM & CTO

Summary
LLNL Spinoff in 2002
Joined Bren-Tronics in 2011
Only micro fuel cell which can be stored and operate -20 to + 50C
Up to 3x weight savings compared to batteries after 24hr
Quiet for stealthy operation
Can be used in confined spaces
Man portable and stationary outdoor options available

How does the technology work, and what are its


competitive advantages
Cartridge is
hot-swappable

Fuel
cartridge

67% methanol,
33% water
(by volume)

High voltage,
high efficiency, and
high power fuel cell

Hydrogen, carbon dioxide

280C
Reformer

System emissions:
Water vapor, carbon dioxide,
and unconsumed air

180C
Fuel cell
stack

System intake:
Air

Power out

UltraCell fuel cells are hybrid out of the box


Hybrid optimized OUT OF THE BOX
" AA, Li80/145, BB2590, BRITES, SMP etc

Fuel Cell turns on or off based on battery

LW Cable
16.8V, <80W

Li-80
Or
Li-145

OR

Smart Y-tether
Battery V, P
Power Manager

Smart tether
12-30V, <80W

XX55

Standalone Operation:
1) Power peaks up to 80W
for 12min/hr: continuous
power 40W
2) Continuous Power 50W
(55W charging power)

XX55

BRITES,
BB2590,
Pb Acid
Etc.

Hybrid Operation:
1) Power peaks determined by
battery capacity
2) Continuous Power 50W
(55W charging power)

Tested under all conditions

-12C

Proven over multiple field trials


AFRL Summer Camp
2010 Limited user test (LUT)
Ft. Polk
Ft. Lewis
XX25 and XX55 units deployed
in limited number in
Afghanistan
" Battery charging

Lessons learned
History shows that we should redefine priorities to make
good inroads into broader markets
1. Logistics
2. Cost / Whr
3. MIL STD
4. Energy density
5. Usability

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Logistics solutions
All new UltraCell products will be Propane, JP8, Flex Fuel
powered or a source that exists in the inventory
This addresses LOGISTICS, COST and ENERGY DENSITY

TRL 5 Propane demonstrator


available in Q3. 50W

50-600W JP8 efforts


underway proto stage

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Usability and applications

Manpak, power management, underground, wireless all key factors

Under development
Android phone plugs into
fuel cell USB
- SMS read/control
- Streaming as needed
- Programmable SLEEP
CAT5 interface possible as
well
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XX55, BLADE plus accessories available now


XX55
Optimized for MAN PAK
Micro Manager and accessory
cables

BLADE
70W, 100W, 150W models with
internal 2590
50W includes internal fuel tank
and 2557

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Application: Forward Air Controller


Reliable, long duration power is a key safety criteria
Satcom Radio w/
hybrid battery ~80W
peak power
Wearable PC

Pack wt. excluding


armor, provisions and
weapon ~25Kg

XX55 Fuel Cell, fuel


~5Kg (~8Kg lighter
than batteries) &
Protonex Power
Manager

Power management that makes sense low cost,


no PhD, no smart cables
Clips onto 2590
& plugs into FC
Micro Manager
- 2 ports
Mega Manager
- 4 port
- 2 USB
Blister cables
handle offdesign voltage

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CliC-it Methanol logistics


Solution for world wide usage in place

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Summary
Primary focus for fuel cells is reliability and applications
development with end users
Battery charging and remote hybrid power systems
emerging as the killers apps for fuel cells
During field testing and trials: instantly available power a
must, and it better work always
Thank you!

UltraCell LLC

A Bren-tronics, Inc. Company

Application: forward UAV ground control station


XX55 in conjunction with solar charger
provides weight savings after only 8-hr
Solar augments runtime
Inputs:
" XX55, Solar, BB2590 battery

Output
"
"
"
"

Two backpacks w/
XX55, 3 UAV and
two ground control
stations

Includes chargers
for UAV batteries,
Toughbooks, Rx/
Tx and DDL

UAV battery charger


2590 charger
Toughbook
Wireless UAV control and DDL

Application: remote covert power


Power Range: 25-80W
Unattended Runtime: up to 8-weeks
Inputs:
" XX25 & XX55 Fuel Cells
" Custom fuel tanks can be buried
" 5,000Whr case or std fuel containers

Applications
" Unattended surveillance
" Covert sensors
" Outdoor, remote power

Use when remote & covert power is needed


for surveillance and detection
" Solar cells give away position
" Replenishing batteries gives away position

Rugged
outdoor
enclosure

Rugged 2-gallon
fuel tank
Optional snorkels
covert underground
operation