NEAH Power Systems and Black-I to Develop Power Systems for Robotics

By Mike Ball / 09 Oct 2015
Black-I Robotics Landshark UGV

Black-I Robotics’ Landshark UGV

NEAH Power Systems, Inc., a developer of energy solutions, and Black-I Robotics, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), have announced that the two companies are to work cooperatively on delivering NEAH Power’s patented power generation and energy storage technologies to the robotics market.

The cooperation of the two firms stems from their shared vision to develop power systems for robotic mobile platforms that can provide unprecedented increases in levels of performance and vastly improved deployment times, as well as deliver robotic solutions that better meet the needs of Black-I’s commercial, industrial and defense customers.

Under the agreement, Black-I and NEAH Power will collaborate on product development and system integration of NEAH Power’s patented formic acid reformer fuel cell (Formira HOD™), PowerChip® Fuel Cell and PowerChip® Battery with Black-I’s advanced remote robotic vehicles. In addition, Black-I will serve as an engineering and sales consultant, working with NEAH Power to develop power products that can be integrated and licensed for use by other manufacturers of professional robots used for defense, ground-based and underwater transport, healthcare, logistics, and construction, as well as for use by manufacturers of personal robots for entertainment and other household applications.

“NEAH Power is excited to work with Black-I Robotics, a company with proven technologies and robotic platforms that can deliver advanced robotic solutions for defense, industrial and commercial applications,” says NEAH Power CEO Chris D’Couto. “Together, we will work to expand the markets for our products by offering power solutions that can markedly increase the amount of reliable, efficient and safe power available to these systems, which in effect will drive growth for the benefit of shareholders.”

“We very much look forward to teaming with NEAH Power, a true innovator in portable power,” added Brian Hart, president and CEO of Black-I Robotics. “This agreement allows us to explore ways to meet the critical demand for lighter, more compact and highly efficient power systems for the robotics market. By consolidating our expertise, capabilities and resources, we expect to revolutionize the delivery of mobile power and truly untether robots, regardless of their power requirements, so they can better execute their mission.”

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact