UltraCell Corp has won a contract from the US Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) for advancing a fuel cell system for the Coalition Warfare Program.

As per the $999,000 contract, UltraCell will leverage a 150W fuel cell system prototype, and will apply its expertise and resources to mature the new prototype system to a Technology Readiness Level of 7.

The system will use reformed methanol fuel cell (RMFC) technology to convert methanol fuel into electricity, to charge batteries and power even the most energy-hungry electronics devices.

The RMFC solution offers a 50% weight savings for long missions and reduced environmental impact when compared to traditional batteries.

California-based UltraCell is a producer of fuel cells and fuel cell systems, and it develops micro fuel cell technologies and intellectual property.