Navy Research Contract
GEM Power, LLC of Redlands, CA. announced today that it recently signed a $1.5M, 21-month contract with the Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA. The basis of the contract is to add Li Ion battery charging and diagnostic capabilities to intelligent battery charging technology previously developed for the Navy by GEM Power. These diagnostics will include automatic capacity determination for rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries, end-of-life prediction for a wide range of battery types, a battery-to-battery conditioner and charger for Special Operation forces, and charging of Lithium batteries.
John James, President and CEO, stated “GEM has engaged local digital, analog and software engineers technology development and prototype creation. We are also utilizing University students for software testing. This technology will be able to automatically diagnose and charge a wide magnitude of lead-acid, nickel cadmium and nickel metal hydride and Li Ion batteries without any manual adjustments to the charger. This contract will allow GEM to advance the diagnostics on those batteries and create a “gas gage” for non-rechargeable lithium battery systems.”
James continued that GEM Power’s technology will ultimately be used to significantly increase fleet and mission readiness and reliability by giving Naval personnel the capability to trouble shoot their battery dependant complex electrical systems. GEM Power has been working with other Defense branches for technological applications for increased force protection and homeland security.
Monty Dill, GEM Power, LLC’s CFO, said while GEM Power was organized in 2000 it has grown 4 fold since then. This funding was made possible by support from the Naval Air Systems Command, Office of Naval Research and by Congressman Jerry Lewis’ visionary support for research funding to further the development of this technology. Dill further elaborated this technology will be commercialized into police and fire handheld radio chargers, electric wheelchairs, medical equipment and boats. Making this equipment more reliable, allowing batteries to last up to 3 times longer, and cut in half the number of batteries being discarded or recycled.
Contact: Monty Dill
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