Nextek Power Systems at SAE 2006
The United States Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), along with The National Automotive Center (NAC), invited Nextek Power Systems to be a partner in the TARDEC booth at the Society of Automotive Engineers convention in Detroit April 4 – 7.
Nextek is a sub-contractor in the NAC’s Advanced Mobile Micro Grid project at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Michigan. Nextek won the Department of Defense contract though its affiliation with the NextEnergy Center in Detroit. Nextek’s Direct Coupling® technology will enable the deployment of lighter weight, less detectible Mobile Command Centers (MCCs) that can connect to multiple sources of power on the fly in the field of battle and disaster relief.
Nextek benefited from a high visibility display in the TARDEC booth directly adjacent to another NAC sub-contractor, Uni-Solar, a division of Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENER). Acting NAC Director Paul Skalny introduced Nextek to dignitaries including Major General Robert H. Griffin, and Governor Jennifer Granholm of Michigan as a pioneer in DC Power networks for buildings and vehicles.
CEO Paul Savage demonstrated to Granholm how Nextek is redesigning the MCC power system to allow dramatically more efficient use of any power generating assets they can find in the field, including solar, wind, and vehicles. “We will change the power backbone of the MCC to create a DC network, reducing dependence on heavy gensets and provide secure uninterruptible power.”