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Posted on Wed, Mar 10, 2010 : 5:19 p.m.

Adaptive Materials wins $4.7 million fuel cell contract from Department of Defense

By Nathan Bomey

Fuel cell firm Adaptive Materials has won a $4.7 million deal to deliver 300-watt units to the U.S. Department of Defense.

The contract, which could ultimately be worth $5.6 million, adds to the Pittsfield Township firm's momentum in the alternative energy space. The company last month said it needed to hire 9 engineers as soon as possible -- a move that came two months after the firm won a $3 million Air Force contract.

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Adaptive Materials co-founder Michelle Crumm

For the latest military contract, Adaptive Materials will supply portable, 300-watt fuel cell systems that allow a soldier to recharge six battery-powered devices in the field. The system facilitates a 28-volt output.

"Adaptive Materials continues to demonstrate superior value and win fuel cell contracts to provide portable power to our soldiers," co-founder and chief business officer Michelle Crumm said in a statement. "Having to demonstrate the ruggedness, durability and reliability of fuel cells has narrowed down the field of viable manufacturers, and we’re extremely pleased that Adaptive Materials is able to demonstrate, time and again, its leadership.”

Crumm told last fall that she expected to win between $10 million and $15 million in government deals in 2010.

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Kristin Judge

Thu, Mar 11, 2010 : 1:56 p.m.

As a resident of Pittfieild township, I am proud to have this company in our area! It is great to hear some good news.

Nathan Bomey

Thu, Mar 11, 2010 : 11:26 a.m.

I've updated this story to reflect new figures from Adaptive Materials. Adaptive Materials now says the contract is worth at least $4.7 million, not $2.9 million, and could be worth up to $5.6 million.