EPS completes a major milestone for Nasa’s X-57 All Electric Aircraft
Logan, Utah. December 13, 2017. Electric Power Systems (EPS), Empirical Systems Aerospace, and NASA announced today that it has completed a major safety testing milestone for NASA’s X-57 All Electric Aircraft (AEA) Maxwell Energy Storage System. The purpose of the test was to validate that the battery could survive a major thermal event and not pose a risk to the pilot or aircraft. Randy Dunn Vice President of Engineering for Electric Power Systems commented on the test saying: “The purpose of the test is to validate the Thermal Containment system. Robust Battery Management Systems can guard against conditions such as Overcharge, and Over-temperature induced events, but it cannot guard against internal failures within the cells where a short can form over time between the positive and negative layers within the cell.”
EPS relocating to Logan to build better battery technology
Salt Lake City, Utah, June 24, 2017. Electric Power Systems and USU recently became the newest recipients of a grant from the Utah Science Technology and Research, or USTAR, initiative through the Industry Partnership Program.
EP Systems announced relocation to Logan specifically to take advantage of the Industry Partnership Program, as well as other state programs and opportunities such as working with scientists and engineers at USU, explained co-founder and CEO Nathan Millecam.
“Cache Valley was of particular interest to us because of the university there,” Millecam said. “When we look at engineering talent, we generally look in software or embedded systems, mechanical aerospace engineering and power electronics. If we can find a school that hits on one or two of those, it’s usually a good match for us. Utah State hit on all three of those.”
EPS expands manufacturing to Logan, Utah
Logan, Utah, May 13, 2017 – Electric Power Systems announced they will expand manufacturing to Logan Utah, bringing a potential 128 jobs over seven years. EP Systems manufactures lithium-ion energy storage systems that utilize software controls and packaging elements to provides Highly Reliable custom High Voltage battery systems. President and CEO Nathan Millecam said his company is similar to Tesla, but instead of building battery systems for cars, they work on aircraft, spacecraft and ground combat vehicles.
As Millecam considered other locations to expand the business, he said the Innovations Campus at Utah State University was the biggest draw to Logan. The campus includes a power electronics lab, software capabilities and an aerospace engineering program that will provide a steady pipeline of talent and collaboration. “It was really a recruiting ground that it seemed like we can find all the engineering sources that we needed all in one university.” he said.
EPS awarded the Soldier Power 2.0 Program
City of Industry California, March 20, 2017. Electric Power Systems LLC (EP Systems) has been selected by the United States Army and Amprius, Inc. to design, develop, build, and test the Energy Storage System (ESS) for a Portable Soldier Battery dubbed Soldier Power 2.0. The objectives of the project are to reduce the amount of weight a Soldier carries while improving the overall survivability and human factors associated with the battery. EP Systems will provide the Battery Management System (BMS), Packaging, Test, and Integration of Amprius’ cells.
“We are thrilled to work with The Army and Amprius, on this exciting project,” said Randy Dunn VP of Engineering & Co-founder of Electric Power Systems.
“EP Systems’ flexible packaging, modular BMS and fault tolerant safety features create a powerful combination when accompanied by Amprius’ cutting edge Silicon Nanowire lithium ion cell technology. Working any project that can make a favorable impact for military personnel is a key part of EP Systems Mission and overall Strategy.” Nathan Millecam, CEO
Electric Power Systems (EPS) meets with Senator John McCain to discuss defense contract acquisition reform
Electric Power Systems awarded the Energy Storage System for the NASA X-57 Maxwell All Electric Aircraft
City of Industry California, June 16, 2017. Electric Power Systems LLC (EP Systems) has been selected by NASA and Empirical Systems Aerospace to design, develop, test, and build the Energy Storage System (ESS) for the X-plane project dubbed the X-57 Maxwell. The objectives of the project are to reduce the energy consumption of the aircraft by 5X by deploying a distributed all-electric propulsion system. EP Systems will provide the Battery Modules, the Battery Control Computers, and the Integrated Assembly components for the aircraft.
“We are thrilled to work with NASA, ES Aero, and the other Industry Partners on this ground breaking project,” said Randy Dunn the Vice President of Engineering and co-founder of Electric Power Systems. “EP Systems’ modular Battery Management System (BCC-701) and its aviation grade Energy Producing Ion Core (EPIC) battery modules enable NASA to meet its objectives of having a Highly Reliable custom High Voltage battery that can be flown in 2017.”
The system selected is ideally suited for the NASA project as the BMS can quickly be configured to multiple chemistry types while maintaining the integrity of a DO311 design base. This enables the use of cost-effective commercial cells that are rapidly improving in energy density and performance to be integrated into a large scale battery.
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