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    Energy Dense Power Systems Enters into Strategic Partnership with Stanton Park Group

    Energy Dense Power Systems Enters into Strategic Partnership with Stanton Park Group

    Energy Dense Power Systems LLC, a company developing innovative, "green," high-energy, battery-based power management product solutions, today announces it has entered into a strategic partnership with Stanton Park Group LLC, a bi-partisan federal affairs consulting firm offering first-hand knowledge of Washington politics and the legislative process.

    "Through this partnership with Stanton Park Group, we are gaining experience with and access to strategically advantageous levels of the federal government, from appropriations committees to the U.S. Department of Defense, Special Operations Command, and related entities," says Christopher Donavin, CEO of EDPS. "This relationship with a lobbying firm effectively levels the playing field when we are competing against established providers."

    Founded in 2008, College Park, Md.-based EDPS, a privately held company, builds and sells light-weight, energy-dense, intelligent battery packs that allow an end user to greatly extend the operation of portable equipment or allow equipment to run indefinitely with wind, solar, generator or grid recharge.

    EDPS' products combine arrays of lithium-ion (or other advanced chemistry) battery packs with the company's proprietary power management system to safely and efficiently store and release energy. EDPS' technology provides a scalable, building-block architecture, allowing them to quickly power almost any electronic or electro-mechanical device with battery packs.

    EDPS can provide a kilowatt of power from a lunchbox-sized battery pack that weighs only 25 pounds, according to Donavin. That pack can replace 100 pounds of lead acid batteries. Plus, it can be recharged through solar panels or wind turbines, which EDPS also provides, enabling customers to remain off the conventional power grid indefinitely.

    "Partnering with Energy Dense Power Systems was a smart business decision," says JD Derderian, managing partner for the Stanton Park Group. "The company is already selling its product to what is, in essence, a 'Who's Who' list of American companies. Although in business for just two years, EDPS' client list already includes military end users, commercial clients, and major Fortune 500 integrators."

    EDPS is the only U.S. company capable of safely multiplexing energy-dense, lithium-ion, SMBus cell packs that meet the U.S. and United Nations criteria for transport as non-hazardous material, according to Donavin. The batteries can be safely disposed into any municipal waste stream.

    EDPS' battery packs range in size and power provided from 300W hours to 50 kW hours. The company's scalable, and programmable power management system contains sensors, intelligence, communications, self-diagnostics, status reporting and control capabilities. Each battery block is designed to protect itself and operate autonomously should communication with other modules fail.

    The company's intelligent battery system also acts as a power conditioner or uninterruptible power supply and protects the battery packs and powered equipment from harm should they be connected to a conventional power grid providing unregulated or "dirty" power.

    EDPS was selected as one of three finalists for the Tech Council of Maryland's Emerging Company of the Year Award during TCM's 22nd Annual Tech Awards ceremony on May 13. More than 40 companies were nominated, according to Donavin.

    In addition to its main office in Owings, Md., EDPS is also located at the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) Technology Advancement Program incubator at the University of Maryland. EDPS employs six persons.

    May 27, 2010

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