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Marine Corps Systems Command: $7.8 M for Portable Solar Power

Iris Technology Corporation, a Southern California-based defense contractor specializing in tactical power systems and spacecraft hardware, has been awarded a $7.8 million order for the procurement of 1,563 Solar Power Adapters – Generation II (SPA II) in support of the program manager, Expeditionary Power Systems.

SPA II is a family of mobile solar power and power distribution products for tactical and remote environments.  The StarPowerTM controller at the heart of SPA II receives power from one or more solar panels, a variety of batteries, or vehicles, and allows the user to charge batteries and distribute power to tactical equipment.  The 400 W power handling capability of the StarPower module enables usage ranging from man-portable backpack kits to combat outpost electronics suites.

SPA II is the next generation version of the highly successful Iris Technology Solar Portable Alternative Communications Energy System (SPACES).  SPACES has been proven to be highly effective, with more than 2,000 fielded.

“We have made major technological advancements in solar harvesting, battery charging, and power management in this next generation StarPower controller,” said Iris Technology Chief Technology Officer Dr. Carl Kirkconnell.  “Marines will be able to carry fewer batteries for the same missions, increasing their mobility, effectiveness, and ultimately keeping them safer in the fight.  We are honored to be able to bring this mission-critical capability to the U.S. Marine Corps.”

Source : Iris Technology

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