ADA Technologies has received a $750,000 work order from the U.S. Air Force to conduct research on a nanomaterial-based power system that can be used in small to medium sized Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).
The company will develop a cost- effective lithium-ion battery that can cater to the power production and storage needs of the military UAS. The SouthWest NanoTechnologies, a company that develops lithium-ion batteries, will collaborate on this Phase II research. Military UAS can be applied in multiple indoor and outdoor projects. This needs a system that is compact and portable.
The company had developed, during the first phase of the research, nanocomposite electrodes that could be used in lithium-ion batteries featuring high energy and power capacity, long life and safety.
The current research will develop electrode synthesis protocols and procedures that are scalable. This endeavor will lead to the design, fabrication and exhibition of a scale model lithium-ion battery that can be incorporated into the military UAS.