INI Power Systems has signed the biggest military contract in the start-up’s 13-year history to supply U.S. soldiers with multi-fuel generators that can run on almost anything that burns.
The 21-employee Morrisville company said Tuesday the contract with the U.S. Department of Defense will deliver up to 3,000 units. The 1-kilowatt generators can run on gasoline, ethanol, diesel, kerosene, jet fuel, methanol, grain alcohol, rum, paint thinner and rubbing alcohol.
INI has previously sold about 1,000 units in batches of several dozen or several hundred, INI founder Larry Markoski said.
Markoski additionally said his company has recently sold about two dozen portable generators to four governments within NATO for testing and evaluation.
The omnivore generators are used to operate electronics in the field and are more versatile than power sources limited to diesel or a single fuel source in regions where conventional fuel sources are unreliable or unavailable.
INI, which has a manufacturing facility in Apex, has burned through about $20 million developing the technology for its all-in-one power source. The units are available with several attachments, including a battery and a solar panel blanket.