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ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland and Labrador, Aug. 29, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Kraken Robotics Inc. (TSX-V: PNG) (OTCQB: KRKNF) (“Kraken” or the “Company”), is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary, Kraken Robotic Systems Inc., has been awarded a contract for approximately $2.0 million by a military customer to provide a high capacity battery solution for an underwater robotics application. This is the same customer that placed a $0.6 million order in April 2019. For confidentiality reasons, the customer name will not be disclosed. Product delivery for this follow on order is anticipated to start in late Q4, 2019 with final deliveries in Q1, 2020.
Karl Kenny, Kraken’s President and CEO, said, “We have seen military and commercial customers adopt our subsea power solutions across a variety of deep-sea applications, and we are pleased that this large military customer has again chosen Kraken’s SeaPower™ batteries. Kraken Power offers a range of batteries, thrusters and drives addressing the needs of both military and commercial customers. After a significant expansion in headcount, equipment and manufacturing capacity, Kraken Power has worked diligently on improving production efficiencies. We expect to see a significant increase in product deliveries in the coming quarters.”
About Kraken’s SeaPower™ Batteries
Kraken’s batteries are pressure-tolerant systems in which the individual components are embedded in flexible polymers. The assemblies are cast with a proprietary vacuum technology enabling the components to work in a deep-sea environment. At depth, undersea systems are exposed to extremely high pressures. Conventional systems with components housed in pressure chambers are typically large, heavy and expensive for any depths past a few hundred metres due to the requirements of strength, seal tightness and corrosion resistance.
Kraken Power GmbH has developed an alternative to traditional pressure housings with its own pressure-tolerant technology. Pressure-tolerant systems work in a manner similar to pressure-compensated systems in which the components are exposed to hydrostatic pressure. However, the compensation liquid is replaced by incompressible elastomers such as silicone or polyurethane. As a result, the volume compensation requirement by liquid is no longer necessary, i.e. an oil compensator is no longer required. A proprietary vacuum technique enables Kraken’s SeaPower™ batteries to be used over 6,000 metres deep.
Pressure-tolerant systems have a lower specific weight and a smaller volume in comparison to pressure or oil-compensated systems. They are corrosion resistant, require less maintenance and are thus cheaper to maintain. Since Kraken’s SeaPower™ batteries do not contain any oil compensators that can leak into the ocean environment, they are considered very eco-friendly.
The electronics are protected from the harmful influence of seawater in a durable silicone encapsulation that is flexible but stable under pressure at the same time. The encapsulation and rugged housing enables optimal cooling of the cells and additional protection from any mechanical influence. Thanks to the consistent pressure-tolerant design, the battery does not require any pressure chamber. This saves weight and reduces cost. Each battery block has its own Battery Management System that constantly monitors status of the battery and the individual cells.
Kraken Power GmbH has been working with this technology for many years. Through its acquired know-how and expertise, it can offer a wide range of pressure-tolerant solutions for underwater vehicles and other mission critical deep-sea applications.
ABOUT KRAKEN ROBOTICS INC.
Kraken Robotics Inc. (TSX.V:PNG) (OTCQB: KRKNF) is a marine technology company that is dedicated to the production and sale of software-centric sensors and underwater robotic systems. The company is headquartered in St. John’s, Newfoundland with offices in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; Toronto, Ontario; Bremen and Rostock Germany; and Boston, Massachusetts. Kraken is ranked as a Top 100 marine technology company by Marine Technology Reporter. For more information, please visit www.krakenrobotics.com, www.krakenrobotik.de, www.krakenpower.de. Find us on social media on Twitter (@krakenrobotics), Facebook (@krakenroboticsinc) and LinkedIn.
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Joe MacKay, Chief Financial Officer
Greg Reid, Chief Operating Officer
Sean Peasgood, Investor Relations
Glenda Leyte, Marketing Manager
(709) 757-5757 extension 288
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