Preco Creates Manufacturing Solutions Focused on Driving the Fuel Cell Industry to Commercialization
Preco is actively developing applications to assist in the manufacturing of cost-effective alternative energy products in the fuel cell, solar, wind and advanced energy storage markets. Manufacturing methods include advanced laser processes, screen printing, flat bed and rotary die press processes.
For the past three years Preco has been integrating ultracapacitors into custom modules for the material handling, automotive and military markets. We are currently producing a custom ultracapacitor module for use in Kettering University's "RainMaker" Formula Zero race vehicle.
The ultracapacitor module was collaborative design effort between Kettering and Preco. The challenge was to develop this module from "inception to shipment" within 6 weeks! Preco and Kettering designed, produced and manufactured the light weight, high powered advanced energy storage module that has the ability to be rapidly charged and discharged in the demanding conditions of tens of thousands of cycles.
Kettering University's intent is to collaborate between industry and academia to develop a Zero Emission Fuel Cell Hybrid Electric vehicle technology using Ultracapacitors as an energy storage device. They are scheduled to race in the summer of 2010 at several locations across the United States and Europe as a part of the Formula ZERO competition. 'Formula ZERO' is an international competition that started in 2003 in the Netherlands, and has been growing ever since. There are over 17 teams participating from around the world, including United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, The Netherlands, Spain and the United States. Their mission is to design and build the most innovative and energy efficient vehicle that will not only lead in the Formula ZERO competition, but also contribute to the next generation of electric vehicles.
In parallel with producing custom ultracapacitor modules for industry, Preco is currently going through the formal process of becoming a Maxwell Technologies Certified North American Integrator for custom modules requiring demanding electrical and environmental conditions. This process allows Preco, Inc. to be a main supplier to the advanced energy storage and alternative energy markets.