Freedom from the Grid

Ardica is creating mobile power solutions with our unique technology for the military and consumer markets. Using novel fuel chemistries, fuel cells, and clever engineering, we are designing products that deliver more energy for less weight and volume than ever before.

WFC20 System and Cartridge

The WFC20 is a soldier power system that delivers unprecedented performance in a thin and compact form factor. Dismounted soldiers can power their gear from this central power source for missions ranging from several hours to several days.

WFC20 System and Cartridge

The WFC20 is a soldier power system that delivers unprecedented performance in a thin and compact form factor. Dismounted soldiers can power their gear from this central power source for missions ranging from several hours to several days.

WFC20 System and Cartridge

We started with a unique chemical hydride fuel, and partnered with leading scientists and energy agencies to develop our proprietary composition, which we packaged into cartridges. Changing a cartridge takes just a few seconds and the WFC20 is ready to go again.

WFC20 System and Cartridge

We started with a unique chemical-hydride fuel, and partnered with leading scientists and energy agencies to develop our proprietary composition, which we packaged into cartridges. Changing a cartridge takes just a few seconds and the WFC20 is ready to go again.

WFC20 System and Cartridge

We started with a unique chemical-hydride fuel, and partnered with leading scientists and energy agencies to develop our proprietary composition, which we packaged into cartridges. Changing a cartridge takes just a few seconds and the WFC20 is ready to go again.

WFC20 System and Cartridge

The outlet port provides power for a wide range of devices, and a display shows how much fuel is left in the system.

WFC20 System and Cartridge

The outlet port provides power for a wide range of devices, and a display shows how much fuel is left in the system.

WFC20 System and Cartridge

The WFC20 is currently in development with the US Military, and we're excited to field this system with soldiers to provide them with new capabilities and lighter loads for the road ahead.

Details of the WFC20 System

The system is designed to enhance the performance of the Integrated Soldier Power/Data System (ISPDS) vest, commonly known as SWIPES. The combination of the Ardica WFC20 and the ISPDS will provide soldiers a new level of communication and network awareness for longer durations and less weight than competing technologies.

WFC20 System
Main Power Output 20 W continuous, 35 W peak @ 11-16.8 V
Power Plug Type and Form Factor Glenair 6 pin connector ( P/N 8070-1628-06ZNU6 )
Weight 700 g ( without fuel )
Volume 615 cc
Max Operating Temperature 40 C
Max Storage Temperature 60 C
WFC20 Fuel Cartridge
Nominal Energy Capacity 65 Wh
Weight 74 g
Volume 62 cc
Max Storage Temperature 60 C

Heavy Loads for Days at a Time

The increase in technical defense devices carried by soldiers in the last few years has led to a massive spike in the quantity and type of batteries required on a mission. As a result, infantrymen are less tactical, less maneuverable, and ultimately less effective in combat. Additionally, their heavy gear has led to long-term physical consequences such as musculoskeletal injuries.

Ardica's mission is to deliver more capability for less weight than existing batteries. Where a dismounted soldier used to carry about 17.6 pounds of batteries for a 72-hour mission, with Ardica's system, that load would be reduced to just 5.3 pounds. That's a weight savings of 12.3 pounds, and the savings get even better for longer missions.

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The Benchmark in Energy Density

Traditional military batteries are bulky, heavy, and run down too quickly. Our new fuel technology changes this, by providing lots of energy in a small and light package. The graph at the right shows how the Ardica WFC20 is lighter than the four most common military batteries (BA-5390, BA-5590, BA-2590, BA-8140) over any mission length.

Power Systems
BA-5390
The "improved" Army battery based on Lithium Manganese-Dioxide chemistry.
BA-5590
BA-2590
BA-8140
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Crafting a Premier Solution for Consumers

We believe the batteries in today's smartphones and tablets aren't good enough. Our devices are constantly running out of battery, limiting our productivity, communications, and lifestyle. Using some of the same core fuel cell technology, and chemical hydride fuels from our military products, we are creating an entirely new consumer product to solve this issue.

Ardica's consumer product for mobile users will be a thin and flat fuel cell battery that delivers a week's worth of run time on a single charge. With our fuel cell and chemical hydride fuel technology, we believe it's possible to achieve 1200 - 2000 watt hours per liter of energy density, which is three to four times the performance of today's rechargeable lithium ion batteries. Although we're still in the R&D stage, initial results look promising, and we've been getting a lot of positive feedback from the community on our concept.

Ardica for the Mobile Market

Our world is quickly becoming a mobile one. The global market for consumer batteries of any type is forecast to reach $55.4 billion by 2017, due in large part to the ever-increasing popularity of mobile phones, tablets, laptops, and other portable electronic devices, specifically in emerging markets. By 2016, there will be 8,000,000,000 mobile devices worldwide driving 10.8 exabytes of data per month. That's 18 times more data consumption than we had just two years ago.

Ardica is aiming to be at the forefront of a paradigm shift in the way we use and charge our devices. With our fuel cell battery technology, we're looking to innovate on the way we power ourselves on a daily basis, improving portability, mobility, and performance for consumers worldwide.

Jon Butcher,

Chairman of the Board

Past Chairman and CEO of Butcher Company, President of Butcher Energy Corporation, and founding member of BNB Renewable Energy Holdings LLC

Kris Lichter

Director

Co-founder and Managing Director at DuMonde Ventures, past COO at Originate and Director of Marketing and Communications for IBM Global Smarter Cities and Public Sector programs

Fritz Prinz

Director, Co-Founder

Finmeccanica Professor of Engineering, Robert Bosch Chairman of Mechanical Engineering, and Director of the Nanoscale Prototyping Laboratory at Stanford University

Jeff Scheinrock

Director

UCLA Anderson Faculty, Partner and CFO of Originate, former Vice Chairman of Finance at Packard Bell/NEC, Senior Partner and CPA Arthur Young

Jagdeep Singh

Director

CEO and co-founder of QuantumScape, previously CEO and co-founder of Infinera Corp, CEO and founder of Lightera Networks, CEO and founder of OnFiber

Jeff Scheinrock

CEO

UCLA Anderson Faculty, Partner and CFO of Originate, former Vice Chairman of Finance at Packard Bell/NEC, Senior Partner and CPA Arthur Young

Dick Martin

President,Government Division

Adjunct Professor Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science, Chairman and CTO of Inmedius, F-14 Tomcat fighter pilot and squadron commander, Executive Officer of nuclear powered aircraft carrier Nimitz, Commanding Officer of nuclear powered aircraft carrier Carl Vinson

Jim Retzlaff

CFO

CPA in public accounting, previously at KPMG, manages accounting, finance, banking, human resources, and risk management at Ardica. Degrees in Business Administration and Psychology from the University of Oregon and Southern Oregon State University

Tibor Fabian

CTO, Co-Founder

Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Vienna University of Technology, with over six years of doctoral and post-doctoral work with Professor Fritz Prinz on advanced fuel cell technology, authored fourteen peer reviewed publications and holds twelve US patents

Daniel Braithwaite

VP Product Development, Co-Founder

MS Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, specialization in Thermodynamics, National Science Foundation Ph.D. Graduate Research Fellowship recipient, and holds 3 US patents

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San Francisco, CA 94107

Phone

Office: 415.568.9270
Fax: 415.520.5422

Email

info@ardica.com