Electric Fuel Corp. to Supply U.S. Army

Electric Fuel Corporation, manufacturer of zinc-air fuel cells, has announced that its Defense and Security Systems Division has received new U.S. Army contracts totaling more than US$500,000.

NEW YORK, New York – May 16, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] Electric Fuel Corporation, manufacturer of zinc-air fuel cells, has announced that its Defense and Security Systems Division has received new U.S. Army contracts totaling more than US$500,000. Electric Fuel received a follow-on contract from U.S. Army’s Communications Electronics Command (CECOM) at Fort Monmouth for provision of additional advanced zinc-air battery packs and for enhancements to the company’s pilot production line in Auburn, Alabama. CECOM has partially funded the development and evaluation of Electric Fuel’s advanced zinc-air batteries for high-power military applications since 1998, and to date more than 300 batteries have been field-tested by various units of the U.S. Armed Forces. In a further development, the company also received an initial CECOM sub-contract to develop and supply prototype batteries for the Land Warrior program, the Army’s integrated soldier fighting system for the dismounted infantryman. Electric Fuel’s lightweight, low-cost primary zinc-air batteries have approximately twice the energy capacity per pound, compared with the primary lithium battery packs used extensively throughout the U.S. Armed Forces, and 3 to 8 times that of commercial alkaline batteries.
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