Ballard Subsidiary Protonex Receives $1.9M Follow-On U.S. Army Power Manager Order

03/27/18

VANCOUVER, B.C., CANADA and SOUTHBOROUGH, MA, USA – Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) today announced that the Company’s subsidiary, Protonex, has received a $1.9 million follow-on purchase order for the supply of SPM-622 Squad Power Manager Kits to support U.S. Army Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFAB).

“This follow-on order through the Program Executive Office (PEO) – Soldier supports the mission of the U.S. Army’s Security Force Assistance Brigades,” said Ray Summers, Protonex Director of Military Sales. “The SFAB’s work is critical in supporting partner training in austere environments and the U.S. Army’s focus on these field forces is contributing to the growing demand for power management solutions.”

The SPM-622 Squad Power Manager is a tough and compact device which weighs less than a pound and enables military units to optimize power for multiple electronic devices, including portable radios, GPS systems, medical instruments, Explosive Ordinance Demolition equipment as well as tablet and laptop computers.

The SPM-622 can draw power from any source – including battery, solar, vehicle, AC, or scavenged energy sources – to run equipment or recharge batteries. It delivers deployment-proven benefits to military forces that include:

  • Dependable power for more than 100 electronic devices currently used by troops;
  • Lightened load for troops in the field by reducing their battery burden;
  • Reduction in battery logistical support requirements; and
  • Increased energy flexibility for troops operating in austere environments.

The SPM-622 Squad Power Manager system is developed and is produced by Protonex at the company’s facility in Southborough, Massachusetts. To date more than 5,000 units have been deployed by the United States and NATO Partner Nations.

1st security force assistance brigade

Capt. Christopher Hawkins, of the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade, and an interpreter speak with local national soldiers to gain information about a village during training Oct. 23 at Fort Benning, Ga. (Spc. Noelle E. Wiehe/Army)

 About Protonex

Protonex Technology Corporation is a leading developer and provider of rugged, portable, intelligent power and data management solutions for military and commercial markets. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ballard Power Systems.

Further information about the SPM-622 Squad Power Manager and its applications can be found at: www.ptxnomad.com

About Ballard Power Systems

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