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Power Generation for Individual Soldier

Description:

TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Materials 

OBJECTIVE: Develop, design and fabricate a Soldier wearable power generation device that can provide power in all operational environments across the range of military operations from training, full-scale war and counter-insurgency operations to peacekeeping, support and reconstruction operations. This topic addresses lighter tactical power generation that increases the ability to operate semi-independently; a critical enabling technology to the Soldier Lethality Army Modernization Priority. 

DESCRIPTION: Currently, the individual Soldier's mobility is constrained, in part, by the necessity to carry extra batteries and/or man-portable power generation and battery charging equipment, to meet the power demands of the equipment he/she carries. The Power Generation for Individual Soldier device shall provide a minimum of 6 watts of continuous uninterrupted power for 24 hours. The device, including fuel source as applicable, shall have a volume not to exceed 50 cubic inches and shall not weigh more than 2.5 pounds (lbs). No dimension shall exceed 12 inches. It shall operate during day and night. 

PHASE I: Develop overall system design and provide a performance specification as part of the Final Technical Report. Include unit cost projections in the Technical Report. A breadboard demonstration of proposed design is encouraged. 

PHASE II: Design, fabricate and demonstrate a prototype system in an operational relevant environment. Deliver two TRL 6 prototypes to the Government. Deliver Final Technical Report, which includes a product specification and estimated unit production cost. 

PHASE III: A wearable power generation system has multiple uses in military and civilian operations. Besides the obvious first responders' and outdoors' types of applications, this device could potentially end the current problem with handheld and other power consuming devices, where their batteries run out of power before consumers have a chance to find a place to plug in. With the constant growth of wireless services and the capabilities of wearable devices, current battery technology is not keeping up with power consumption. This could be the solution. Phase III shall consist of the development of the producibility of this item for military use. 

REFERENCES: 

1: Stirling engine, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

2:  Renewable energy, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

3:  Photovoltaics, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

4:  Biofuel, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

5:  Photosynthesis, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

6:  Micropower, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

KEYWORDS: Wearable, Power, Generation, Continuous, Lightweight, Small 

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