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TPL, Inc.'s Capacitance Technologies Wins DoD Army SBIR Phase II

December 2009

TPL has been selected for an DoD Army Phase II entitled "High Temperature Nano-Composite Film Capacitors For Hybrid Electric Vehicles". Future Army ground vehicles are envisioned to use hybrid electric technology. At present, the propulsion systems for these vehicles require power components which are relatively large and inefficient; limiting widespread integration of the technology. DC filter capacitors used in the high frequency power converters consume a substantial portion of the volume in present system designs. Capacitors that provide efficient filtering at high frequencies (up to 100 kHz) with reduced size and increased temperature tolerance are considered essential to advancing hybrid electric technology for the Army.

In response to this need, TPL has developed a novel capacitor film technology that meets the need for DC filter capacitors with reduced size and improved operational capability. The Phase I program was successful in defining a nanocomposite dielectric that can provide the necessary specific capacitance (> 0.9 degF/cm3) and operating temperature capability (> 150degC).

The proposed Phase II effort will be directed at scaled manufacturing and prototype capacitor fabrication. Continuous film fabrication, metallization, winding capabilities will support the planned capacitor development. A unique capacitor design that includes the fault-tolerant nanocomposite film will be pursued and validated relative to operational conditions, efficiency and reliability. The success of this development program will enable the miniaturization of power converters for future Army hybrid electric vehicles. Similar benefits can also be realized in commercial hybrid electric vehicle applications, where reduction in size and increased efficiency will offer lower fuel consumption and lighter total weight in vehicles. An additional application for high temperature, compact filter capacitors will be in the utility industry for high power converters, where operating temperature and size are also key concerns. Commercial vehicles are expected to experience the most significant impact overall. The sales of light-duty hybrid electric vehicles are projected to be more than 400,000 units in 2009, advancing to more than 2,000,000 in 2015. In addition, heavy-duty truck fleets are systematically being upgraded to hybrid electric drives. Each of these commercial hybrid units will benefit for more compact, higher performance DC filter capacitors.

For more information this project please contact Lew Bragg at 505.344.6744 or via email.

TPL, Inc.'s Defense Systems Wins DoD USMC SBIR Phase I

September 2009

TPL, Inc.’s Defense Systems was selected for a DoD US Marine Corp SBIR Phase I entitled Explosively Clad Liners for Extended Barrel Life. Gun barrel life is limited by erosion, heat and wear. Barrel steels and failure mechanisms have changed little since the end of World War II. Performance requirements of modern gun systems continue toward higher velocities, greater rates of fire and longer projectile ranges result in greater in-bore pressures, heat and erosion. A critical need exists to increase barrel life, and therefore, sustainability.

Coatings are of limited use for over-heating problems. Thicker liners have been tried, but are problematic when they are not bonded to the barrel. Using a proprietary explosive, TPL developed a unique explosive cladding process to metallurgically bond high-temperature, corrosion-resistant liners to steel or lighter weight barrel materials. TPL has demonstrated that solid liners, thicker than coatings and metallurgically bonded to the barrel, extend barrel life by 5-7 times. TPL will adapt this technology to small caliber machine gun barrels.

Phase I Objectives include developing bonding parameters, verifying the metallurgical bond and producing test pieces. Barrel blanks will be clad and tested. Option tasks include cladding, machining and test firing a prototype.

Commercial support is lined up to help develop and market this technology. TPL has experience in barrel cladding and a site to perform the explosive work. Commercial applications include all non-military law enforcement agencies. Lighter, longer-lasting, heat-resistant barrels could also be sold to civilian markets for high end hunting and target rifles in any number of calibers, where allowed by law. The primary consumer would be gun manufacturers, with a secondary market in aftermarket parts for upgrades and replacements. Applications could exist in other Federal or state agencies, such as homeland defense and Border Patrol. Other applications for explosive cladding include lining strut assemblies for longer wear (aerospace) and pipe cladding for corrosion-resistance (oil, gas and chemical industry). For more information on this project please contact Dr. Douglas Taylor at 505.342.4428 or via email.

TPL, Inc.'s Capacitance Technologies Wins DOE SBIR Phase I

June 2009

TPL, Inc.’s Capacitance Technologies was selected for a DoE SBIR Phase I High energy density, high voltage capacitors using ceramic composite dielectric.

The project will focus on the potential to reduce the size of energy storage devices used in high power electronics. Successful results could benefit applications in the defense, energy, and power electronics industries.

High energy density capacitors for pulsed power modulators have been under development for several years. While moderate success has been achieved in large scale (50 kJ +) devices (>1.0 J/cc) for applications like electromagnetic launch, devices storing energy at high voltage (100 kV +) have been limited to energy densities less than 0.2 J/cc. High voltage, high energy density capacitors that provide high power will be of great utility in applications such as solid-state pulsed power modulators. TPL proposes to construct and demonstrate a novel 20 nF, 100 kV capacitor using an advanced nanocomposite dielectric to achieve an energy density up to 1.0 J/cc in a low inductance design suitable for duty in future solid state pulse power systems.

Successful completion of this program will also result in size reductions for capacitors used in commercial applications such as radar and military applications such as directed energy Systems.

For more information on TPL's DOE Phase I win, please contact Trista Mosman at 505.342.4439 or via email.


TPL, Inc.'s Capacitance Technologies Wins NIH SBIR Phase I

September 2008

TPL's Capacitance Technologies was awarded an NIH SBIR Phase I entitled Power Source Development for Compact Proton Accelerators.

Radiation therapy is one of the primary weapons in the battle against cancer, but even with the advances we have made, there remains significant room for improvement in radiation-based treatment technologies. Proton therapy is considered the most advanced form of radiation therapy available for cancer treatment, but the size and cost of currently available proton-therapy devices have severely limited the technology’s use and availability. The high-voltage machines required to generate proton beams are massive—weighing several hundred tons and requiring 90,000 square feet to house. They also cost $100M or more to build. A substantial reduction in the size and cost is required for proton therapy machines to be rendered practical for use in typical cancer-treatment centers. Ideally, a proton-therapy machine would be miniaturized to the point that it would fit into a standard linac radiation vault and could replace existing X-ray machines.

TPL Inc., and collaborators have defined a technical approach that we believe will allow development of the first low-cost, compact proton-therapy machine. As envisioned, the new device will be an order of magnitude smaller and one-fifth the cost of the machines being used today. The key to developing this next-generation proton-therapy device is an extremely compact accelerator design based on a novel, high-voltage insulating material (dielectric) developed by TPL. This enabling material, developed initially for defense-related pulse-power applications, is a composite structure comprised of a formulated polymer resin and nano-size ceramic particles.

The Phase I award will allow TPL to showcase the feasibility of this technology.

TPL, Inc. Capacitance Technologies Selected for DoD SBIR Phase I

September 2008

TPL, Inc.’s Capacitance Technologies was selected for a DoD SBIR Phase I entitled High Temperature Nano-composite Film Capacitors for Hybrid Electric Vehicles.

Future ground vehicles for Army applications are envisioned to use hybrid electric propulsion. Hybrid electric vehicles will require electrical power systems which are more compact and more efficient than those used in current vehicles. Power converters are being developed to fit this requirement, operating at high frequencies to reduce the size of passive components such as capacitors and inductors. DC bus capacitors for these converters are a major consumer of available volume in present designs. Reduction in the size of DC bus capacitors for power converters would be highly desirable, while still providing high temperature (up to 200°C) and high frequency (greater than 60 kHz) ripple current capability, and maintaining efficiency, reliability, and service life.

TPL will develop a novel nano-composite dielectric film and capacitor technology that is compact, fault-tolerant and withstands the operating temperature and ripple current requirements for the Army’s envisioned hybrid electric vehicle. TPL has extensive experience in the development of nano-composite material systems for advanced dielectric properties and associated high performance capacitors. The capacitor is projected to have a packaged specific capacitance > 1.2 µF/cm3, an operating temperature range of -40 to +200°C and adapt easily to converter circuits and cooling systems.

TPL’s EnerPak Solves Power Management Challenge for Energy Harvesting

May 2008

TPL, Inc. is an Albuquerque, NM small business focused on materials science-based technology development and manufacturing with expertise in energetic materials, dielectrics and micropower systems. The Micropower Technologies Division of TPL Inc. was formed in 2006 to concentrate efforts on commercialization of EnerPak products to meet the need for reliable, long-lived power in the growing wireless sensor market.

TPL’s EnerPak provides an innovative power management solution to accommodate the low, variable and intermittent nature of energy harvesting sources. The patent pending design combines ultra-low power circuitry, a microprocessor-controlled charge management system that dynamically responds to fluctuating input energy levels and can continue to charge the storage system even when the harvested voltage is below battery voltage, and an optimized energy storage system.

Designed around the Texas Instruments MSP430 ultra-low power microcontroller, the EnerPak can consume as little as 5-8µA, enabling efficient use of the harvested energy for the application. The system also includes a lithium-polymer battery to provide back-up power in the event of a failure of the ambient energy while low impedance supercapacitors enable efficient delivery of high power burst loads. Proprietary charging methods enable efficient battery charging even when the harvester power is low.

Nominally designed for use in low-power wireless sensor applications (e.g. ZigBee, HART, SP100), etc.,) the EnerPak can be customized for any user-specified profile. It is also compatible with multiple different energy harvester devices (e.g. thermoelectric, photovoltaic, vibration) as the application demands. Currently two systems are available: the power management electronics and energy storage system that can be used with a harvester of the user’s choice (EP-1), or a module with an integrated 1”x 2” photovoltaic (PV) array (SC-1). With a total volume comparable to that of a standard D cell, the EnerPak is available either as an enclosed system, or as a stand alone board. TPL’s EnerPak is now available for beta-testing for interested customers.

For more information please email Trista Mosman or contact by phone at 505.342.4439.


TPL, Inc. Receives $2.2M ONR Contract for Rail Gun Capacitors

November 2007

TPL, Inc. is a materials science-based technology development and manufacturing company, a technologies-to-products leader based in Albuquerque. TPL is developing a new capacitor technology which will facilitate deployment of electro-magnetic weapon systems on mobile platforms.

The TPL Polymer/Paper film capacitor technology is directed at the electrical energy storage for electromagnetic (EM) rail guns planned for deployment on the Navy’s new destroyer, designated the DDG-1000 Zumwalt class. These guns will deliver substantially higher muzzle energy and range compared to conventional guns; further, their use of electrical energy to launch projectiles eliminates on-board storage of chemical-based propellants i.e. gun powder, a major safety and logistical issue. Viable deployment of EM rail guns, however, requires the electrical energy storage medium be sufficiently compact to fit within the volume constraints of the DDX vessel design. TPL’s Polymer/Paper film capacitor technology will meet this requirement.

The achievable energy density is three times that of current capacitors; for the Navy rail gun under development, this technology will exceed the 2.5 J/cc minimum energy storage density requirement for the target DDX platform. These capacitors afford the rail gun designer use of well established methods for switching and control, and the Navy vessel designer greater flexibility in physical positioning, compared to competing energy storage solutions.

All DoD branches have a significant need for increased energy storage density in advanced electromagnetic offensive and defensive systems. High energy density capacitor technology will also enable mobile deployment of related electro-magnetic weapon systems including coil guns, active armor, and missile and aircraft launchers. In each case, the energy storage density is a critical aspect for viable deployment.

TPL has now received $2.2 million from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to continue the development of this promising technology. These funds will be employed to complete the manufacturing scale-up of this technology and to fabricate prototype capacitor modules for evaluation by the Navy. Congresswoman Heather Wilson, who understands the considerable need for this technology, was responsible for obtaining the additional support from Congress for the continuation of this effort.

For more information on this technology or TPL, Inc. please contact Sales@tplinc.com.

TPL, Inc. Awarded Phase II for Ultrasonication

August 2007

TPL was awarded a Phase II Proposal, entitled "Separation of Fragmented Energetic Materials via Directed Ultrasonic Energy". Due to environmental issues, community concerns, and economic costs, previously acceptable methods of demilitarization are generally no longer appropriate; better methods of munitions disposal must be developed. To address this problem, TPL proposes using an ultrasonic probe to fracture and removal of polymer-bonded explosives from shells in a remote operation. The program will focus on minimizing hazardous wastes and operations hazards. Pilot plant scale operations will be developed to remotely remove explosive directly from shells. Separation techniques will be developed for integration of the entire process.

TPL is active in numerous areas of energetic material research and is known for formulation and full-scale chemical process development primarily for demilitarization activities for the Army, Navy, Air Force and MDA. For furtherinformation please contact Catherine Malins.

TPL, Inc. Sells TPL Microelectronics, Inc.'s Assets

March 2007

TPL, Inc. has sold its San Diego based TPL Microelectronics, Inc.’s (TMI) assets to American Function Materials, Inc. (AFM) located in Alhambra, CA. AFM will continue with the same personnel, equipment and processes as TMI employed. AFM will continue to produce the same product line as TMI and add additional products to its business. For further information please contact either Trista Mosman of TMI or William Liang of AFM.

TPL, Inc. Awarded Pretreatment Gold Award

February 2007

The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority Water Reclamation Division awarded TPL, Inc (Albuquerque), a Pretreatment Gold Award for Wastewater Discharge. This is the first Gold Award TPL, Inc has received. The Industrial Pretreatment Program for the last 13 years has presented an annual award to each permit holder that has demonstrated an exceptional level of compliance with the requirements of their discharge permit. Gold Pretreatment Awards are given to permit holders for operation of an active pretreatment system, 100% compliance with the reporting requirements of their permit and 100% compliance with their permit discharge limits.

A complete list of award winners was published in the Albuquerque Journal Business Outlook on 29 Jan 2007.

For TPL Albuquerque the Wastewater Discharge permit applies to the operations involved in ceramic powder production, and this award is directly the result of efforts by Dave Christopher to minimize by pretreatment the discharge of hazardous materials to the wastewater system. Congratulations to Dave Christopher for his engineering efforts to safeguard our city’s wastewater treatment system.

TPL, Inc. is awarded a Phase I from the Department of Homeland Security for EnerPak

January 2007

TPL wins Phase I from The Department of Homeland Security for their EnerPak, an Innovative Power Solution for Advanced Unattended Ground Sensors. TPL will demonstrate the feasibility of its EnerPak power solution for use in unattended ground sensors (UGS) for border security. The EnerPak combines energy harvesting technology with miniaturized electrochemical storage devices to provide a hybrid power source for sensors deployed in remote locations. TPL’s solution uniquely meets the needs of border security UGS and delivers long life (at least 5 years), low cost (<$20 per node), and small size (approximately the size of two standard AA cells). The EnerPak is well suited for use with COTS, ZigBee-compatible wireless sensor nodes, which provide an excellent approach for border control UGS. ZigBee nodes form a mesh network configuration, allowing data to be transmitted node-to-node over great distances with high reliability. Furthermore, in a mesh network consisting of a large number of nodes, many sensors detect a single event eliminating the potential that an intruder can evade detection. Moreover, fusion of data from multiple sensors can reduce the false alarm rate and simultaneously be used to calculate the trajectory of the intruder. In the Phase I effort, the power supply concept will be demonstrated using a COTS, ZigBee-compatible wireless sensor node configured to detect acoustic signals.


TPL, Inc. Introduces New Substrate Product Line

December 2006

TPL, Inc. has developed a unique new product line. Our dielectric substrates are based on pure ceramic or ceramic composite formulations. The ceramic substrates are made using our NanOxide Nano Powder. TPL’s NanOxide offers a fine grade micro structure to provide a highly uniformed finish and provide a dielectric constant as high as 15,000. The ceramic composite substrate is a custom formulation of polymer and ceramic particles and can be provide in molded components available in custom shapes that can be machined. TPL’s substrates can be customized in a wide range of area and thickness, as well as dielectric properties to meet customer specifications. The High K substrate should be used where a high dielectric constant is needed. The low loss substrate offers a high RF microwave frequency and should be used where a low loss is needed. For more information on this product line please call 505-342-4439, or email sales@tplinc.com.

TPL, Inc. is Awarded Contract by NSWC/Crane

December 2006

TPL, Inc. is awarded a contract by NSWC/Crane to begin the construction of the Magnesium Recovery Facility at the Crane Army Ammunition Activity, Crane, IN. Completion is projected for Summer 2008.

TPL, Inc. Awarded SBIR Phase I from NASA

November 2006

TPL, Inc. has sold its San Diego based TPL Microelectronics, Inc.’s (TMI) assets to American Function Materials, Inc. (AFM) located in Alhambra, CA. AFM will continue with the same personnel, equipment and processes as TMI employed. AFM will continue to produce the same product line as TMI and add additional products to its business. For further information please contact either Trista Mosman of TMI or William Liang of AFM.

TPL, Inc. Awarded SBIR Phase I from DOD Army Tantalum Lined Wall Breaching System

October 2006

TPL, Inc. was awarded a Phase I contract from the Army DOD to develop a safer, quicker wall breaching system. Modern urban fighting frequently requires the breaching of thick concrete, rebar reinforced walls to provide passageways for soldiers to advance through. The current Army procedure is to utilize blocks of C-4 explosive which is reasonably successful in fracturing and dispersing the concrete portion of the target however usually leaves the re-bar in place exposing one or more soldiers to harms way as they manually cut through the rebar. This 3 step operation - emplacement, detonation, and rebar cutting is inefficient and dangerous.

The long term goal of TPL, Inc. is to provide the US Army with a man portable, wall breaching system whose operation will be a simple two step operation - mount, detonate, and advance. This will be far less dangerous than the method currently in use.

Supercapacitor Project Brings Together Private Industry & New Mexico Based Researchers

August 2006

A new project funded by the New Mexico state legislature through the Technology Research Collaborative will be looking for a better power supply for wireless sensors. The project is collaboration involving the University of New Mexico , Sandia National Laboratories and TPL, a New Mexico company.

It works this way. Using the money from the 198-thousand dollar grant, a UNM doctoral candidate, Lewis Tribby will spend the next year working in a laboratory supervised by Tim Boyle, an inorganic chemist in the Materials Processing Department of Sandia. Tribby will be trying to synthesize material that will increase the efficiency of the supercapacitors now marketed by TPL.

Tribby is mentored by Sang Han, an associate professor of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering at UNM. As he completes the initial part of the project, he will move back to a UNM lab for a second phase of materials processing. If all goes as planned, by the end of the year Tribby will have a product TPL can begin testing.

Han says the technical goal is very aggressive, but he is hopeful at least the fundamental materials synthesis and processing will be complete within the year. Charles Lakeman, Vice President of Micropower Systems Division says the improved supercapacitors will find applications in power supplies for wireless sensors used to monitor the structural health of aircraft and bridges, and control oil refining and power generation equipment.

One of the goals of the Technology Research Collaborative is to find a way New Mexicans can use resources located within the state to train students and develop products for commercial applications. This project is an opportunity to realize that goal.

TPL, Inc. Awarded NSF Phase I Proposal

May 2006

TPL Micropower Systems Division has been awarded a NSF Phase I Proposal titled “Functionalized PolySiloxanes for Improved Low Temperature Supercapacitor Performance” in the amount of $100,000 for 9 months. TPL, Inc. proposes to develop a functionalized polysiloxane-based electrolyte system for electrochemical capacitors, or supercapacitors, that has high conductivity at low temperatures and provides high power density over the entire temperature range (-55 to 95oC) while maintaining a low cost. Our new electrolyte formulation answers the need for high power density energy storage for hybrid power systems with applications ranging from electric vehicles to wireless sensor networks. Supercapacitors built using this electrolyte will have enhanced low temperature performance, decreased self-discharge rates, and increased lifetime (>150,000 cycles). The flexible siloxane polymer backbone along with the functional groups will enable high ionic conductivity at low temperature with reduced volatility. Our functionalized polysiloxane answers the need to supply high power density energy storage with improved low temperature performance, reduced toxicity and flammability, and reduced cost.

TPL MicroPower to Present at InKnowVation Venture Capital Symposium

February 2006

TPL MicroPower Technologies group has been selected to present at the InKnowVation SBIR venture capital event in Boston, Massachusetts, March 16-17, 2006 . The purpose of this event to provide the structured setting in which pre-qualified, Venture Capital-seeking SBIR Awardees can interact with various interested investors. Participating investors will represent established VC Funds, Corporate VC entities and a few organized Angel Investors. Most have been already involved with SBIR-active firms and/or have expressed serious interest in making these types of investments.

TPL MicroPower Technologies group designs, develops and manufactures innovative power systems for wireless sensors. TPL MicroPower originally manufactured the smallest commercially available batteries and supercapacitors for use in low cost disposable systems. TPL MicroPower now combines these novel energy storage devices with energy harvesting devices to provide "Endless Power for Wireless Systems". TPL MicroPower has been funded by several SBIR Phase I and Phase II contracts from the following agencies: Air Force, Navy, DARPA, NSF, NASA and DOE.

Rep. Heather Wilson Secures $1.5 Mil for Continued Technology Development

January 2006

January 5, 2006 -- U.S. Congresswoman Heather Wilson visited TPL, Inc. today and announced that she has secured $1.5 million in defense funding that will help deploy TPL's high-tech energy capacitors on the battle field and on U.S. Navy ships. The funds are part of the $391 billion Defense Appropriations Act signed by President George Bush last week. Under the appropriation, TPL will provide power supply components to the Navy for a prototype rail gun- a device that uses a massive electrical charge to launch a projectile.

Wilson joined employees at TPL, Inc. and took a tour of the facility to see the technology first-hand. "This great, home-grown company has found a way to bottle lightning," says Wilson . "They need to get a lot of energy in a small space and then use that energy very quickly," she said. "The flash on your camera holds an electrical charge, and then outputs it all at once. TPL, Inc. has developed a capacitor similar to the one in your flash, but on a much larger scale and with the ability to power the next generation of military weapons." Wilson says a challenge the military faces in the field is providing the energy to power the next-generation of weapons. Capacitors that can provide the necessary energy are often too large for portable applications, like on an Army tank or a Navy ship.

TPL has developed small, high-energy capacitors, essentially temporary batteries in which a huge electrical charge is built up and released in an instant. "The needs from the American military for power will increase exponentially over the next 10 years," Wilson said.

TPL president and CEO Hap Stoller said the company would hire about four people to work on the project. If tests are successful, and such capacitors go into mass production, that manufacturing, which is now outsourced, could be brought here, where it would provide additional jobs, he said. "Our long-range objective is to bring all those (component manufacturers) into one central facility in New Mexico," he said. "We employ 55 people in New Mexico , and as we move forward with the manufacturing stage of this technology, we could grow much larger and employ more New Mexicans. Congresswoman Wilson understands the fact that our technology aids our national defense and the war on terror, and we appreciate her support."

There are several military uses for the high power density capacitors produced by TPL. But the first application that may result from TPL's work is in the form of "Rail Guns" on Navy battle ships. In practice, thousands of these fist-size capacitors would be located under a ship's gun, where they would, on command, instantly release millions of joules of electricity- an amount of energy comparable to a bolt of lightning.

The electromagnetic rail gun uses a magnetic field powered by electricity to accelerate a projectile up to 52,493 feet per second. And while current Navy guns have a maximum range of 12 miles, rail guns can hit a target 250 miles away in six minutes. The rail guns would be used as an alternative to current large artillery like those mounted on a Navy battleship, and have the advantage of not relying on traditional gun powder. Rail gun ammunition, in the form of small tungsten missiles, would be relatively light, easy to transport and easy to handle. And because of their high velocities, rail gun missiles would be less susceptible to bullet drop and wind shift than current artillery shells.

TPL, Inc. hopes their product, once fully developed, will provide enough energy in a small enough package to be used on a Navy Ship. Eventually these devices could be used for a larger variety of electric power needs, from heart defibrillators and hybrid vehicles to military computers and other weapons such as grenade launchers.

NASA Phase I Awarded to TPL, Inc.

"Vibration Energy Harvesting for Structural Health Monitoring Sensors"

December 2005

TPL and Washington State University (WSU) propose to develop a micropower system based on a novel vibrational energy harvesting device known as the P3 (Palouse Piezo Power). Combined with microbatteries and microsupercapacitors for energy storage, the proposed system will provide a stand-alone power source that does not need recharging or refueling for wireless structural health monitoring (SHM) systems. The P3 is a novel, patented, MEMS-scale, piezoelectric energy harvesting system that provides high specific power, longevity and manufacturability. In this effort, TPL will team with WSU researchers to develop a microfabricated proof mass for coupling vibrational energy into the piezoelectric membrane and to develop packaging for the device so it can be deployed in real world situations. The proposed effort is supported by Goodrich Fuel and Utility Systems (FUS), whose expertise with Structural Health Monitoring will provide guidance on system requirements, vibration environments, integration and packaging. This relationship will facilitate eventually realizing a power system that will meet end-user requirements, and thereby provide a commercialization pathway.

Rick Snow, Manager of Energetic Materials R & D Wins Technical Paper Award

July 2005

Rick Snow won Best Technical Presentation and Paper from The Joint Army, Navy, NASA, Air Force (JANNAF) Conference in Seattle that took place in July 2004. His paper "Reuse of Military Gun Propellants", highlighted TPL's and the Joint Demilitarization Program Office's work in recovering valuable explosives and propellants from the growing inventory of retired and outdated Government ordnance as alternatives to open air burning or detonation, which are costly, wasteful and have obvious negative environmental impacts. Blasting Gel Slurry Explosives and a Flashless Powder for use in military small arms ammunition are two examples that illustrate TPL's success in establishing programs that reuse gun propellants. For more information on these products please visit the Defense Systems section of our website.

TPL, Inc. Awarded New Mexico Technology Flying Forty

June 2005

The New Mexico Technology Flying Forty awards annually recognize the forty fastest-growing technology companies headquartered in New Mexico. The 2005 New Mexico Technology Flying Forty companies are leading our state into the millennium, creating jobs, strengthening our economy and making our state more competitive. All the Flying Forty companies represent an economy that is leveraging our state's technological wealth and ensuring New Mexico 's future prosperity. TPL, Inc. is proud and honored to accept this award.

TPL, Inc. Awarded NASA SBIR Phase I Contract for New Ceramic Li-Ion Battery for Deep Space Power Systems

April 2005

TPL, Inc. is developing a new all-ceramic, high performance Li-ion battery technology for the NASA's deep space power systems under a NASA SBIR Phase I contract. The batteries are being fabricated via a novel fiber-based configuration that ensures successful utilization of ceramic materials for all battery components. They will be more powerful, lasting longer (higher energy density from ~150 Wh/kg to ~225 Wh/kg), and safer, while smaller and lighter.

Lithium batteries have extensive applications in many commercial products including electric vehicles, cellular telephones, lap-top computers, digital cameras, and portable tools. They have many corresponding applications for the federal government including the NASA's deep space power systems.

TPL, Inc. Recognized with Innovate Albuquerque Award by Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce

April 2005

TPL, Inc. was recognized recently with an Innovate Albuquerque Award by the Greater Albuquerque Area Chamber of Commerce as one of the ten most innovative entrepreneurial companies in Albuquerque.

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