mPhase Technologies, Inc. (mPhase) has provided an update on the phase II development project for US Army STTR program. In September 2008, the company was contracted to develop a battery that will function as a power supply backup for a computer memory system. The company was selected for the project because of their technical proposal to create a multiple cell battery having the ability to continuously power a computer module for up to 30 years.

The engineering design of the Smart NanoBattery is also targeted to offer uninterrupted power to other applications like unattended ground sensors that offer mission critical information to military operatives.

Sensors need to constantly send reports back to a monitoring station to ensure that they are still active,” said mPhase chief executive officer Ron Durando. “By creating a multiple cell battery that can be activated as needed, we are extending the overall life of the battery and the useful life of the sensor before its power source needs to be replaced.”

Once the sensor is required to take an action that may need more power than is available from one of battery’s active cells, like extended transmission of data, the Smart NanoBattery will activate adjacent cell to keep sensor running and offer extra power. The capabilities of Smart NanoBattery have never been seen before and have the potential to make the sensors much more efficient and decrease necessary maintenance.

The sensors are extremely important to military as they can be used to detect, record, and send information to the central location or monitoring station. The company will look to capitalize on this market that is continuing to grow in importance.

We offer a unique solution to the wireless sensor market that will bring increased flexibility and new applications that were previously unavailable,” said Durando. Eliminating the constant need to replace the batteries in these sensors will bring improved functionality to an essential military intelligence gathering device.”

The company is currently testing a recent breakthrough in the battery technology that may develop the overall manufacturing yield for the Smart NanoBattery. If the testing is successful, the company will be able to mass produce the battery with higher efficiency and cost effectiveness.