Nanoramic Laboratories Among Teams Competing in AFWERX Energy Showcase

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Nanoramic's FastCap lithium-ion capacitor has been selected for the AFWERX Fixed and Mobile Energy Storage Challenge.

AFWERX, the catalyst for fostering innovation within the U.S. Air Force, announced Nanoramic Laboratories as one of the 179 participating teams selected from across the globe competing to Reimagining Energy for the DoD.

The AFWERX Challenge is centered around six topics - Fixed and Mobile Energy Generation, Energy Transmission and Distribution, Fixed and Mobile Energy Storage, New Warfighting and Operational Equipment, Data Availability for Improved Planning and Decision Making, and Energy Culture, Policy, and Education. The proposals selected to advance represent innovative solutions to allow for more effective warfighting and humanitarian missions less reliant on fossil fuels.

Located in Boston, MA, Nanoramic Laboratories is competing in the Fixed and Mobile Energy Storage Challenge alongside a diverse group of teams - originating from the vast regions of North America, Europe, Australia and other allied countries – that represent entrepreneurial startups, small businesses, large enterprises, academic institutions and research labs all vying to Reimagine Energy for the Department of Defense.

“The AFWERX Reimagining Energy for the DoD Challenge is critical to our mission of increasing collaboration between large businesses and entrepreneurs to accelerate solutions for the Air Force,” stated Mark Rowland of AFWERX. “On behalf of AFWERX and the Department of Defense, we congratulate the teams advancing to the next phase. Their contributions are invaluable and have the potential to create game-changing results across the Air Force enterprise.”

The Fixed and Mobile Energy Storage Challenge strives to develop leap-ahead operational and warfighting equipment, envision new ways of getting energy to where it is needed, and develop better storage devices. The Department of Defense (DoD) consumes large amounts of operational and facility energy to provide a combat-credible force. The DoD is one of the largest single consumers of energy globally, and the Air Force is the largest user of fuel energy in the US Government. The way we generate, transmit, store, and use this enormous amount of energy today is both a paramount combat enabler and a potentially crippling vulnerability.

The solution that AFWERX selected for the Fixed and Mobile Energy Storage Challenge is Nanoramic’s high power and wide temperature range FastCap lithium-ion capacitor. Nanoramic’s FastCap Lithium-ion capacitor is an energy storage device with high energy density and wide temperature range, operating in temperatures as low as -55 ⁰C. A lithium-ion capacitor combines the best features of EDLCs and Li-ion batteries. The result is a device with better energy density than an EDLC, but without the self-discharge characteristic, and higher durability (more charge-discharge cycles) than a Li-ion battery, without the potential for dangerous thermal runaway.

“The Nanoramic team is excited to have the opportunity to present our technology and show how it can help the U.S. Air Force solve its energy storage challenges”, said Mitch Koffel, VP of Business Development at Nanoramic Laboratories. “It is an honor to present our technology alongside all of the innovative companies selected for the AFWERX Energy Showcase”.

Nanoramic® Laboratories is an industry-leading energy storage technology company and materials solutions innovator headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Spun out of MIT in 2009, Nanoramic is the exclusive designer, manufacturer, and licensor of Neocarbonix electrodes for rechargeable li-ion batteries, li-ion capacitors, and supercapacitors. The Nanoramic® product family also includes Thermexit™ and FastCap® Ultracapacitors. Thermexit™, a line of high-end thermal interface gap filler pads, are a non-reactive, non-silicon, no cure system featuring high thermal conductivity and high thermal stability. FastCap® produces the only ultracapacitors capable of operating in temperatures up to 150°C and under high shock and vibration. FastCap® products also include wide temperature range lithium-ion capacitors, structural ultracapacitors, and the only reflowable, low ESR, slim profile ultracapacitor on the market.
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Established in 2017, AFWERX is a product of the U.S. Air Force, directly envisioned by former Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson. Her vision of AFWERX — to solve some of the toughest challenges that the Air Force faces through innovation and collaboration amongst our nation’s top subject matter experts. AFWERX serves as a catalyst to unleash new approaches for the warfighter through a growing ecosystem of innovators. AFWERX and the U.S. Air Force are committed to exploring viable solutions and partnerships to further strengthen the Air Force, which could lead to additional prototyping, R&D, and follow-on production contracts.

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