Ballard’s Subsidiary Protonex Launches Updated EOD Universal Power Kit
March 30, 2017
VANCOUVER, CANADA and SOUTHBOROUGH, MA, U.S.A. – Protonex Technology Corporation (“Protonex”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) today announced general availability of its new and enhanced Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Universal Power Kit. The Universal Power Kit, based on Protonex’ industry-leading SPM-622 Squad Power Manager, dramatically reduces the weight and clutter of batteries, chargers and power adapters currently used by military EOD teams.
The original SPM-612 EOD kit, pioneered by Protonex in partnership with the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Naval Sea Systems Command (NavSea) and Navy EOD Training & Evaluation Team Two, was deployed to all Navy EOD teams in 2014. The teams subsequently reported a reduction in charger and adapter weight from 45-lbs. to 9-lbs., with a correspondingly large decrease in space taken up in the EOD team vehicle.
The Navy EOD teams were also the first to request that Protonex package each intelligent power manager kit in a rugged “roll kit”, keeping the equipment organized and ready for use while decreasing volume and weight. More than 90% of all power management kits shipped to every branch of the U.S. military and many allied militaries are now requested in nylon roll kits.
The updated EOD Universal Power Kit includes the SPM-622 Squad Power Manager, with additional power-handling and intelligence, as well as full waterproofing (the SPM-622 can be used while submerged up to 1-meter). Additional equipment support also now includes the latest Minehound® and other metal detectors, as well as DeWalt® and Snap-On® tool batteries and other EOD-specific equipment.
“The new enhanced EOD universal power kit builds on the capability established with the original SPM-612 kit and gives today’s EOD teams the most advanced universal power solution available,” said Michael Skinkle, Protonex EOD Account Manager. “When used in conjunction with our Adaptive Battery Charger, EOD teams have a total power management solution that is more efficient and rugged than other options.”
The EOD kit (Protonex part number 010-458) is available directly from Protonex or through GSA Advantage, the NSN Class IX Schedule and from ADS, Darley Defense and Federal Resources.
About Protonex Technology Corporation
Protonex is a leading provider of advanced power management and fuel cell solutions for portable, remote and mobile applications. With a wide range of technical expertise and an expanding intellectual property portfolio, Protonex is well positioned to deliver high-performance, low-cost power solutions to military, commercial and consumer customers. On October 1, 2015, Protonex became a wholly owned subsidiary of Ballard Power Systems. Protonex remains a U.S. corporation headquartered in Southborough, MA.
Further information: Lawrence Holsworth +1.508.490.9960 x228; www.PTXnomad.com
About Ballard Power Systems
Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) provides clean energy fuel cell products enabling optimized power systems for a range of applications. Products deliver incomparable performance, durability and versatility. To learn more about Ballard, please visit www.ballard.com.
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