Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Lockheed Stakes It's Claim on Power Management with New Website

Is EEStor partner, Lockheed Martin on the verge of lowering it's stealth with regard to it's possible use of EEStor technology? It's a fair question to consider after surveying a new webpage Lockheed has released which outlines it's Power Management capabilities. It contains additional photos and a new video which outline Lockheed's strategy in this space.

The video introduces the "BladeBatt Energy Kiosk" a system that allows for the charging of multiple EESU's....oops...I mean BattPack's.

What jumps out at me at first glance is the new BattPack brochure. It describes two types of Battpack unit, Type A which is "designed to feed maximum power as quickly as possible to meet high volume, urgent demand" and Type B which provides "longest battery life at nominal output." But! the brochure only includes the energy density of of type B in the margin on the left. What about Type A Lockheed Martin? To get the answer, you might try the phone number listed in the brochure. To whom does that line connect you? Lionel Liebman.

Before you start getting too excited, notice too that Lockheed created a new brochure for wearable power and it includes partners Quallion and ndenergy.

To discuss this article, a thread has been started at TheEEStory.com.

Steps Lockheed Martin May be Taking to Dominate the Department of Defense Portable Energy Requirements

Bret "BretSpot" DeCelle, author of the EEStor Timeline, wrote an interesting article on the military battery marketplace and Lockheed's positioning in relation to it. This seems to represent the most comprehensive research related to one of Lockheed's possible use of EEStor technology. Bret's provided a large number of links to keep EEStor addicts clicking for days. Thanks Bret!

Lockheed Martin with Wave Energy

EEStor partner Lockheed Martin announced it would work with Ocean Power Technologies on a project to generate energy from wave power. Here's an associated press article on the subject. No word on where or how that energy will be stored. But you might start to ask yourself an interesting question, "If a company such as Lockheed were convinced that EEStor's technology will work, how might it behave to make the most of the opportunity? Where would it invest and why?"

If you recall, a recent employee newsletter quoted Missiles and Fire Control program manager Mike Wilhelm as saying that “Power and energy has been identified at the corporate level as a key strategic thread, and we saw power management as a way to leverage existing expertise to develop new products in a new market space."

Accordingly, it's interesting to take a look at some of the recent alternative energy announcements Lockheed has been a part of in the past couple years. In no particular order, here's a list of what I found:

1) In Oct 2008, Lockeed announced a US Department of Energy award to demonstrate an Ocean Thermal energy conversion system.

2) A year ago, the EPA gave Lockheed an award for embracing green power policies.

3) In Nov, 2007 Lockheed announced a teaming agreement with Starwood Energy Group to pursue "utility scale solar generation projects in North America."

4) Lockheed has a sophisticated Wind Speed Sensor called WindTracer. And others studying it.

Here's another environmental overview of Lockheed's intentions with regard to the environment and green power.