Kinetic Power Technologies for the Dismounted Warrior
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
U.S. troops are increasingly being equipped with advanced electronics equipment and communications systems that significantly enhance their operational capabilities. Unfortunately, the energy needed to power this equipment has forced the Warfighter to carry more batteries to accommodate the increasing use of electronic assets. IST proposes to use EAPs to tap into the excess kinetic energy generated during movement to produce electrical energy. The Phase I program will result in a proof-mass prototype that will be wearable by the soldier. The prototype will consist of energy harvesting units, the BA-5590 battery and a power conversion circuit. The Phase II will result in the integration of multiple energy harvesting units in the soldier''s uniform. BENEFIT: The proposed energy harvesting system will allow for a lightened load for a soldier by decreasing the number of batteries that need to be carried. It will also prolong the time of missions by allowing a soldier''s equipment to function longer. The harvesting system can also be used for personal electronics of civilians such as cell phones and laptops.
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