WOODRIDGE, Ill., May 15, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Navitas Systems LLC (www.navitassys.com), a leading provider of energy-enabled system solutions and energy storage products for commercial, industrial and government agency customers, announced today that it has received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award of $150,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). This marks the first SBIR award competed for and received by Navitas, a small, woman-owned business.
"Navitas Systems is delighted to receive this award from the DOE," said Nancie ElShafei, CEO. "Our company is a rarity, being a small business but with a big company staff of world class battery researchers and engineers gained from our acquisition of the Government R&D division of A123 Systems earlier this year. We're uniquely positioned to successfully execute SBIR grants as well as supply large corporations who have small business set-asides with our advanced energy storage products and systems," ElShafei concluded.
Dr. Michael Wixom, who is Navitas' point person driving the collaborative efforts between Navitas and the DOE Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), said, "Silicon-based materials have emerged as the anode of the future for lithium ion batteries, since silicon-based anodes can hold ten times the number of ions compared to graphite anodes widely in use in lithium batteries. Yet, progress towards commercial deployment has been hindered by limited cycle life, expensive precursors and non-scalable processes. Limited cycle life in particular prohibits silicon anodes from being used for electric vehicle batteries which are used daily over many years. We look forward to utilizing this award toward our continued efforts on solving the problems of this promising battery technology, which can be applied to anything from electric vehicles to smartphones."
Alan ElShafei, Navitas Chairman said, "High capacity and safe energy storage technologies are at the core of our robust technology roadmap. This silicon anode program award will be instrumental in helping us to further develop our high-energy battery product. Watch for additional announcements on these two key technology initiatives later this summer."
About Navitas Systems, LLC
Navitas Systems, founded in 2010 and previously known as MicroSun Innovative Energy Storage Solutions ("IESS"), is a woman-owned small business headquartered in a state-of-the-art 100,000 square feet facility in Woodridge Illinois. With its major research facility in Ann Arbor Michigan, along with strong local and offshore partners and solid financial stability, Navitas is well positioned to continue serving major worldwide customers.
What drives Navitas is the passion for bridging the gap between customer challenges and environmentally and financially sustainable solutions. Navitas Systems is a leader in integrated design, technology development, and manufacturing, providing energy-enabled system solutions and energy storage products for commercial, industrial and government agency customers. Navitas products range from customized energy storage solutions for motive, idle-reduction, and defense related applications, along with custom renewable energy integrated power systems, to standard products like lithium based lead-acid replacement batteries. For more information visit www.navitassys.com and follow @Navitas_Systems on Twitter.
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