There is a need in the armed forces and particularly the special operations and ground forces communities for electrical power in a more compact and potent form than the current lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. This need is compounded by the ever-increasing electrical functions integrated into emerging systems such as the proposed Land Warrior System and the increasing use of silent, electric Unmanned Air Vehicles. CUBE Technology’s micro-generators offer substantially higher energy density than batteries.
CUBE Technology is capitalizing on its pioneering work in silent, miniature, high efficiency Micro-furnaces, and emerging conversion technologies to create the world’s most efficient and compact power system. CUBE Technology has created the first high efficiency, miniature Micro-Furnace capable of delivering 180 watts of heat at 1050C and an efficiency of 90%. Even though the inside of our generators will be hot, the built-in recuperator is so effective, the exhaust area is cool enough to be held with bare fingers! A complete generator system using this approach could result in efficiencies as high as 30%.
CUBE’s power systems have several advantages over other proposed solutions for compact power:
1) Multi-Fuel Ready – The CUBE Micro-Furnace can operate on any gaseous or liquid fuel and are tolerant of sulfur contaminants. JP-8, Hydrogen, Propane, Butane, Ethanol, Methanol and more.
2) Size/Weight – The CUBE Micro-Furnace weighs only 14 grams and is smaller than a man’s thumb.
3) Cost – The ceramic materials for the Micro-Furnace are inexpensive and the amount of platinum necessary for system operation is less than $0.00001 per Watt.
4) Time to Product – The basic components for CUBE’s generator are in existence today and will require only slight modification to create our first products.