The EEStor naysayers were handed another set back today with yet another Lockheed Martin patent application for a transportable electrical energy storage system. WIPO publication number WO/2009/009176 was filed Feb 1, 2008 (very shortly after Lockheed Martin issued it's first EEStor press release) and published Jan 15, 2009. The application was actually received on April 3, 2007. It includes the original individuals associated with the body armor patent application, Toby Thomas and David Hoelscher as well as two new individuals, James Copp and Lloyd Ferris.
The transportable energy storage system appears to have been ruggedized for military use and is described as having significant advantages over traditional lead acid batteries in the area of energy density and weight.
From the application abstract:
A transportable electrical energy storage system includes an electrical energy storage unit, an electrical energy storage unit management system operably associated with the electrical energy storage unit, an AC/DC rectifier operably associated with the electrical energy storage unit management system, and a DC/DC converter operably associated with the electrical energy storage unit management system. The system further includes at least one bi-directional adapter operatively associated with the electrical energy storage unit and a case for protecting the electrical energy storage unit, the electrical energy storage unit management system, the AC/DC rectifier, the DC/DC converter, and the at least one bi-directional adapter.
What appears to be emerging via these new EEStor patent applications is evidence that Lockheed has been working very closely with EEStor on military applications. With Lockheed's apparent conviction that EEStor will deliver, it may finally be safe to start concluding that EEStor will in fact begin to deliver on it's claims and the world may have a new, revolutionary energy storage system in it's near future.
The patent application also mentions EEStor by name again similar to the prior application.
For example, electrical energy storage unit 109 may comprise one or more solid state, capacitive, electrical energy storage devices, such as those provided by EEstor, Inc. of Cedar Park, Texas, as described in U.S. Patent 7,033,406 to Weir et al., which is incorporated herein by reference for all purposes. Such solid state electrical energy storage devices comprise calcined composition-modified barium titanate coated with aluminum oxide and calcium magnesium aluminosilicate glass.
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