ACENT supports development and deployment of extended range hydrogen fueled utility vehicles

Manorville, NY. February 1, 2011 – ACENT Laboratories, in support of Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) and in collaboration with Toro Corporation and ECD Ovonic successfully deployed two extended range hydrogen utility vehicles today at the Defense Depot Susquehanna Pennsylvania (DDSP) near New Cumberland, PA. With funding from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and under an ATK prime contract with the Naval Surface Warfare Center-Crane Indiana, ACENT provided the project Chief Engineer throughout the design, fabrication, integration and deployment phases. Starting with the Toro MDE mid-duty electric utility vehicle, the team redesigned the system to incorporate a hydrogen fuel cell, ultracapacitor, a metal hydride hydrogen storage system, and associated controls and data management systems. The hydrogen storage system employs a novel liquid heat exchange system that exploits fuel cell waste heat to accelerate hydrogen release from the metal hydride.

ACENT Laboratories LLC is a small business founded in 2007 to serve the Aerospace and Clean Energy Technology industries. The ACENT team is comprised of leading aerospace, defense and environmental scientists and engineers with experience managing and executing complex multidisciplinary technology development and demonstration projects for NASA, the DoD, and other organizations. With the skills gained and hard-won lessons-learned from these past projects, ACENT provides high-quality engineering services and applied technology/product development to a wide variety of customers including the US Department of Energy, US Air Force, NASA, and a range of public and private corporations. Headquartered on Long Island NY, ACENT has operations in Virginia including a laboratory facility in Hampton where experimental work in biofuels and combustion is conducted.