Lockheed Martin partners with EEStor
Written by Greg Allen   
Saturday, 12 January 2008

EEStor has been much the speculative talk last year when they made headlines by claiming to have started a mass production of a new ultracapacitor that will hold 10x the energy in 1/10 of the weight of a current battery. They call it a ceramic energy storage unit (ESU) that is said to store up to 53 kilowatt hours of energy with the charging time of five minutes.  That is about 500 miles per charge (or 800 kilometers)

Lockheed MartinAfter the EEStor patent was filed, we saw an announcement by ZENN Electric car (ZENN stands for Zero Emissions No Noise) that they contracted with EEStor to use the new ultra capacitor in their all electric vehicles.  As the world awaited the first prototype to hit the streets the non-production of that prototype helped fuel industry speculation that EEStor made an incorrect calculation and cannont deliver on what it thinks it can.

Lockheed Martin just steped in an announced a partnership with EEStor for new energy applications.  Lockheed Martin currently works in the Aeronautics and Electronic Systems area for the United States Military.  They did 39.6 billion dollars in sales revenue in 2006 and are ranked 47 on the Fortune 500 list of largest corporations.

Lionel Liebman at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control was interviewd about the EEstor partnership and said: “Lockheed Martin and EEStor are working together to find areas for integrating their technology to a variety of power management platforms we’re working on.” 

When asked about visiting the EEStor facility, he said: "(Yes,) we’ve visited their facility. We were very impressed. They are taking an approach that lends itself to a very quick ramp-up in production. We’ve seen a lot of their testing and efforts to measure the purity of the powders that they use, and the chemistry. Well be working with them very closely this year to develop prototypes in certain pursuits.”

This is very good news for a battled EEStor... also great news for ZENN as thier stock rose 22% on the Lockheed Martin announcement.

EEStor Ultracapacitor      EEStor Ultracapacitor

Link to the EEStor Patent:   EEStor US Patent 7,033,406 - Replacement of the Battery

Readers have left 4 comments.
 No.1  Untitled
maybe the eestor patent and solution will work. if lockheed martin is investing that is a good sign for what they have
Guest (Unregistered) • 2008-01-13 18:39:28
 No.2  Untitled
Since Lockheed Martin signed a deal there is something to EEStor's technology and claims. Lockheed Martin is not going to waste their time with something frivolous.
Jim (Unregistered) • 2008-01-13 20:30:20
 No.3  Charging Infrastructure
Sure, but for an automotive application charging 53 kWh in 5 minutes would mean sustaining ~640 kW for those five minutes!!! We are talking mega watt scale "charging stations" if we expect an infrastructure similar to the gasoline infrastructure. The investment needed for this type of infrastructure is HUGE!!! Not to mention the heat generated on-board the vehicle during a charge like that and other technological challenges. Good luck Lockheed.
Taylor (Unregistered) • 2008-05-05 17:15:35
 No.4  Re: Charging Infrastructure
... The investment needed for this type of infrastructure is HUGE!!! Not to mention the heat generated on-board the vehicle during a charge like that and other technological challenges. ...
— Taylor
Agreed, but not really a concern for they types of (mostly defense/military) applications that would be of interest to Lockheed Martin.
Guest (Unregistered) • 2008-07-13 11:59:51
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