|[January 04, 2013]
Alta Devices Shows the Future of Mobile Power
SUNNYVALE, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Alta Devices today provided a glimpse of the future of mobile power with
the announcement of reference designs for the world's lightest, and
highest energy density, flexible military charging mats. The smallest of
these chargers, which convert light into electricity, weighs just 4
ounces, has dimensions that are slightly larger than a sheet of paper,
and can provide significant power to a soldier in the field without the
need for an alternative fuel source.
The technology that makes these military chargers possible will also be
introduced in unmanned systems, consumer electronics, automobiles, and a
variety of industrial, remote power applications. "We have come to rely
on mobile machines and devices that always need a source of power
whether it be the grid, batteries, or fuel," said Chris Norris,
president and CEO of Alta Devices. "But in the next decade, we will come
to expect mobile power that is transparently available at all times."
(For more information, see www.altadevices.com/applications-remote-power.php)
Alta's new military charger designs give a picture of how that world may
look: according to the Army Research Laboratory, a soldier's load can
weigh 100 pounds, over a third of which are batteries. Alta's technology
can reduce that battery weight by 70 percent, saving approximately 25
pounds of pack weight. This reduction allows troops to stay nimble and
extend their missin without the need to be resupplied.
(For more information about Alta Devices new military charger reference
designs, see editors' note and www.altadevices.com/pdfs/charging_mat.pdf).
In addition to being adopted by the military to improve the
effectiveness of soldiers, Alta's mobile power technology is targeted at
manufacturers of unmanned aerial vehicles to increase flight times, at
industrial suppliers in the mining and exploration markets to provide
remote power, at consumer electronics makers to minimize the need to
recharge, and at the automotive industry to provide supplemental power
or to increase range in vehicles of all types. (For more information
about each of these markets, see www.altadevices.com/applications-overview.php)
"There are nearly limitless opportunities for always-available mobile
power," said Norris. "We are initially targeting applications where the
need is well understood and the opportunity is substantial. Over time,
we see huge markets being enabled by this kind of mobile power."
About Alta Devices
Alta Devices is (EM)POWERING THE UNPLUGGED WORLD™ by delivering the
world's most efficient, thin and flexible mobile power technology.
Converting light into electricity, Alta's technology extends the energy
source of a system, and in many cases, completely cuts the traditional
power cord. The solution can be completely integrated into the final
system, and is ideal for use in unmanned systems, consumer electronics,
automotive, remote exploration, or anywhere size, weight, and mobility
matter. Alta Devices holds world records for energy conversion efficiency3,
and has received funding from, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, August
Capital, Crosslink Capital, AIMCo, GE, Dow, and others. The company is
headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA (News - Alert).
1. Additional Information about Alta Devices Military Charger Designs:
Several charging mat designs are available now from Alta: The 10-watt
charging mat is approximately the dimensions of a sheet of paper when it
is unfolded and weighs 4.1 ounces. The 20-watt mat weighs only 10
ounces, and generates up to 120 watt-hours of energy per day. Both of
these designs can be folded for easy storage and transport. Each design
includes specification on size, weight, and power generated in various
conditions. The designs are compliant to MIL-810-G specifications for
temperature, humidity, shock and other environmental stresses. The mats
can be married to any type of battery charging connector.
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3. Single junction solar cell and module records under one sun as
validated by NREL.
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