Ridgetop has met with officials at Ballard Power systems to discuss the fit of this advanced technology into the next generation of fuel cells for ground-based and aircraft-based applications. The technology will be directly applicable to the alternative energy generation and addresses automotive markets, satellites, and portable fuel cells. In the electric vehicle market, stacks of fuel cells or batteries are used to power the drive motors. These fuel cell stacks, coupled with the technology from this SBIR Program, would be the ideal application for the work products from this program. Power management is essential during use, refueling, or battery recharging.
The proposed technology will provide numerous tangible benefits to space vehicle programs, including; (1) lower power draw, (2) higher reliability, and (3) lower mass. Commercial applications include power management systems for remotely located telecom switches requiring critical, uninterrupted power management. Platforms include lunar and deep space exploration vehicles, International Space Station, and Ice-Penetrating Radar for Mars, Europa, and Ganymede Orbiter Missions.