Navy Contracts Mainstream Engineering to Develop Advanced Ultracapacitors from Addressable, Arrayed Nanostructures

ROCKLEDGE, FL – August 5th, 2011 – Mainstream Engineering Corporation, a 25-year-old Brevard County manufacturer with a history of leading-edge research and development, has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Navy to fabricate advanced electrochemical double-layer capacitors (ultracapacitors) from addressable arrays of catalytic nanoparticles.

Harvesting renewable yet transient energy, such as solar and wind, requires high-performance power storage technology to maintain an uninterrupted supply of electricity. For any renewable energy technology to be economically feasible, the power storage modules must be low-cost and long-lived. They must also have extremely high power and energy storage densities.

Under this Navy contract, Mainstream Engineering will develop large-area arrays of catalytic nanoparticles using a low-cost process. This technology can be used to fabricate ultracapacitors and many other electronic devices, including solar cells. Ultracapacitors also have applications as a rapidly-rechargeable power source for hybrid vehicles.

Leveraging their expertise in nanostructure fabrication and manipulation, Mainstream is developing an ultracapacitor fabrication approach that yields state-of-the-art energy and power storage densities. This technology will not only impact renewable energy storage and distribution but will also enable personal electronic devices to run significantly longer before recharging.

This new Navy contract will allow Mainstream to create additional engineering and production positions. “We are excited about the possibility of being able to employ displaced aerospace workers from the local community,” said Dr. Robert Scaringe, President of Mainstream. “This new Navy contract award is one small step in a series of ongoing job-creating programs that we are developing at both Mainstream and at our automotive and bio-mass spin-off companies.”

“These programs create local jobs, improve the nation’s energy efficiency and reduce our dependence on foreign oil, all while reducing emissions and preserving the environment,” continued Scaringe.

Mainstream Engineering has a history of leading-edge research and development that has resulted in advanced, lean-manufacturing, cost-competitive products, which are all made in the USA.

About Mainstream Engineering Corporation
Mainstream Engineering Corporation is a solutions-oriented research, development, and manufacturing small business founded in 1986. Our primary mission is to transition advanced thermal control and energy conversion technology into high-quality and cost-effective commercial products. Military products include lightweight diesel/JP8-fueled electric generators, environmental control units, and refrigerators/freezers for shipping containers. Commercial products include the QwikProduct™ line for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC/R) technicians, details of which can be found at Areas of expertise include thermal control, energy conversion, turbomachinery, chemical technology, and materials science.

For More Information
Brandon Scheckel Director of Business Development, Mainstream Engineering