Daily News: March 12, 2013

WindSail Capital Provides $2MM Facility to Protonex


Protonex Technology, a provider of advanced lightweight military power systems, said it has closed a credit facility to support the growth of its alternative energy products within the U.S. and allied militaries.
WindSail Capital Group has provided a $2 million credit facility, which will be used for working capital and sales channel expansion.

“Protonex has seen tremendous growth over the last two years. Like many small companies, we have found our growth limited by available capital. This new credit facility from WindSail Capital Group will allow us to accelerate our growth – providing more sales, business development and manufacturing resources,” stated Paul Osenar, CEO of Protonex.

Protonex’s intelligent portable power solutions, like the Squad Power Manager (SPM) and Squad Portable Battery Charger / APU (M300), have been accepted by the United States Department of Defense because they reduce weight, improve power reliability and minimize energy costs. By making solar and fuel cell energy usage easy, flexible and inexpensive, the products enable a significant reduction in energy resupply, saving dollars and lives.

These lightweight power solutions have transitioned from field testing to full production and deployment, as sales to the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, and Special Operations have accelerated. The products have been used in combat operations over the past three years and proven capable of improving mission effectiveness while saving significantly on battery logistic requirements.

“WindSail Capital Group has provided Protonex shareholders an attractive alternative to additional equity financing,” stated Chris Schuster, CFO at Protonex. “This credit facility provides Protonex the financial resources to expand the business with considerable flexibility.”

“We are very pleased to be working with the Protonex team,” said Ian Bowles, WindSail Capital co-founder and managing director. “Protonex provides mission-critical equipment to make our military more energy efficient and operationally flexible. This investment is a great example of how WindSail can help emerging clean energy businesses to accelerate their growth by leveraging their assets.”