Navitas Systems Becomes an Affiliate to the US Department of Energy's Joint Center for Energy Storage Research

Navitas Systems Becomes an Affiliate to the US Department of Energy's Joint
Center for Energy Storage Research

WOODRIDGE, Ill., Feb. 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Navitas Systems LLC
(, a leading provider of energy-enabled system solutions
and energy storage products for commercial, industrial and government agency
customers, announced today that its Advanced Solutions Group (ASG) has become
affiliated with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Joint Center for Energy
Storage Research (JCESR).

JCESR, (, located on the nearby campus of DOE's Argonne National
Laboratory outside of Chicago, is a major public-private partnership that
combines the research and development capabilities of five national
laboratories with four companies, five research universities, as well as a
collection of selected affiliate organizations, to develop energy storage
technologies that supersede lithium-ion-based technologies for transportation
and large-scale energy applications.

The Navitas ASG staff is comprised of the former A123 Systems Advanced
Research and Development team, A123 Government Solutions group, and selected
engineers from the A123 Automotive Engineering Team. Navitas announced on
January 29^th that it had finalized its acquisition of substantially all of
the assets of A123 Systems' former Ann Arbor, Michigan-based government
business, including U.S. military contracts. This acquisition enabled Navitas
to keep intact all of the world-class scientists and engineers necessary to
develop and commercialize Nanophosphate lithium-ion battery chemistry and
other advanced battery technologies being developed for critical military and
government applications.

"We're delighted to be associated with our neighbor JCESR," said Alan
ElShafei, Navitas Systems Chairman and Founder. "Using the brainpower of our
combined scientific and engineering teams, Navitas and JCESR will have the
opportunity to collaborate to push the envelope on energy storage technology
R&D. We're absolutely committed to helping build the next generation of
advanced battery technologies here in the U.S."

Dr. George Crabtree, Director of the JCESR program at Argonne National
Laboratories, said, "We welcome Navitas as an Affiliate organization of
JCESR.Given both their proximity to our campus and their competencies ranging
from cell design to pack assembly, Navitas could become an excellent
collaborator to help us bridge between lab scale and commercial scaling of
advanced batteries."

Les Alexander, Navitas ASG General Manager, said, "I'm pleased to name Dr.
Michael Wixom to be Navitas' point person driving the collaborative efforts
between Navitas and JCESR. Given his expertise and his longstanding
relationships with others associated with JCESR, Mike will hit the ground
running and make an immediate impact".

Dr. Wixom has a long and distinguished career in advanced battery research and
development. Previously he was the Sr. Technical Director of the Advanced
Research and Government Solutions Group (ARGS) of A123 Systems.The ARGS was
formed upon the acquisition of T/J Technologies, of which Dr. Wixom was a
co-founder.In his 15 years with A123 Systems and T/J Technologies, Dr. Wixom
has led several programs to develop advanced electrode materials for lithium
batteries, ultra-capacitors, and fuel cells.He has authored 18 papers and is
a co-inventor on six issued patents assigned for electrode materials and
processing for rechargeable lithium batteries, fuel cells, and

About Navitas Systems, LLC

Navitas Systems, founded in 2010 and previously known as MicroSun Innovative
Energy Storage Solutions ("IESS"), is a woman-owned small business
headquartered in Woodridge Illinois.Located in a state-of-the-art 100,000
square feet facility-with local and offshore partners and solid financial
stability, Navitas is well positioned to continue serving major worldwide

What drives Navitas is the passion for bridging the gap between customer
challenges and environmentally and financially sustainable solutions.Navitas
Systems is a leader in integrated design, technology development, and
manufacturing, providing energy-enabled system solutions and energy storage
products for commercial, industrial and government agency customers.Navitas
products range from customized energy storage solutions for motive,
idle-reduction, and defense related applications, along with custom renewable
energy integrated power systems, to standard products like lithium based
lead-acid replacement batteries. For more information
and follow@Navitas_Systems on Twitter.

CONTACT: Thomas Golab (630) 755-7920
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