Florida Technology Journal Publishes City Labs News

“City Labs Gets First Regulatory License for Innovative Battery”

Written by Staff Reporter

January 25, 2011

FTJ Logo HOMESTEAD – City Labs, a South Florida start-up manufacturer of long-life NanoTritium batteries for microelectronics, has added another pioneering milestone to its list of achievements: City Labs is the first company in the betavoltaic battery industry to be granted a Product Regulatory General License to manufacture, sell, and distribute betavoltaic batteries. NanoTritium batteries are the first betavoltaic Tritium batteries to achieve such a classification.

The Product Regulatory License was granted in response to City Labs’ application for a Sealed Source Device Registration and satisfies strict State and Federal guidelines for proper safety, quality control, and manufacturing practices associated with the NanoTritium battery. The award of City Labs’ General License demonstrates that the NanoTritiumTM battery is well-designed, safe for end-users, and ready for sales and distribution within the United States.

City Labs has now secured the following three Licenses:

  1. Research Development License, granting City Labs the right to handle Tritium, the most benign of radioactive isotopes, in its laboratory facilities, headquartered in Homestead, Florida.
  2. Manufacturing License, granting City Labs the right to produce its unique betavoltaic batteries using Tritium.
  3. Sealed Source Device Registration under General License, granting City Labs the right to sell and distribute its NanoTritium™ batteries to end-users anywhere is the United States.

“We are thrilled to continue solidifying our role as pioneers in the betavoltaic industry,” stated City Labs CEO, Peter Cabauy, Ph.D. “These licenses pave the way for the commercialization of the NanoTritium™ battery EOL200Y20, which will be commercially available in the summer of 2011.”

City Labs’ NanoTritium batteries enable applications where battery replacement is difficult, impossible, or life-threatening. The batteries also provide a source of continuous nanowatt/ microwatt power for twenty years or more in crucial electronic platforms. Applications include intelligence-gathering sensors, medical implants, space satellite and probe power sources, trickle charging lithium batteries, semi-passive and activeradio frequency identification, subsea sensors and buoys, wireless dust mote networks and field sensors, smart munitions, memory backup and lower power processors. City Labs’ battery also serves as a vital component for the security and defense of electronics.

As tested and confirmed by Lockheed Martin, the City Labs battery is resistant to extreme temperature variance (-50 degrees C to +150 degrees C), as well as extreme vibration and altitude, due to the robust architecture of City Labs’ proprietary technology and the use of Tritium, a radioactive isotope. Tritium is the most benign of radioactive isotopes and is a technology already used as an illumination source for Exit signs commonly found in schools, theatres, commercial buildings, and commercial aircraft.

City Labs announced earlier this month that betavoltaic pioneer Dr. Larry C. Olsen is now the company’s in-house Director of Research. City Labs also recently announced completion of its first round of financing and a million-dollar contract awarded by the United States Air Force.