Power Generating Backpack

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-06-M-0308
Agency Tracking Number: N064-026-0387
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-T026
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
3259 Progress Drive, Ste. A, Orlando, FL, 32826
DUNS: 098250561
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Khalid Rustom
 Vice President
 (407) 275-1174
 krustom@apecor.com
Business Contact
 Antoine Khoury
Title: President
Phone: (407) 275-1174
Email: akhoury@apecor.com
Research Institution
 UNIV. OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
 Issa Batarseh
 4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, FL, 32816
 (407) 882-0189
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The purpose of the Power Generating Backpack is to allow soldiers to generate electricity while walking. This backpack represents an alternative to bulky battery systems soldiers often carry on the battlefield. The adoption of this backpack will result in a lighter load, thus improved comfort and mobility for combat units. The design APECOR is proposing will be transparent and of minimal impact to the user, so as to not disrupt the normal use of a backpack. Current state-of-the art employs a one dimensional technique to translate human motion to vertical load motion to generate electricity. APECOR is proposing to investigate the feasibility of a two or multi-dimensional approach to power generation. In the two-dimensional approach, the load will be suspended inside the backpack by vertical and horizontal axes, while in the multidimensional approach we will take advantage of the load’s mass (50Ibs) to implement a pneumatic (pressurized cushions) system. During the walking process, the load will bounce against pressurized cushions strategically placed inside the backpack to produce enough displacement for a linear or motor generator to induce electricity. BENEFITS: The power generating backpack will find applications in military and recreational markets. This backpack will essentially be useful not only to soldiers, but also to climbers and hikers, who venture in remote locations. To date, most power generating backpacks take advantage of small solar cells. The introduction of the motion based power generating backpack will add versatility to existing backpacks since they could be used in any conditions, not just on sunny days. The added benefit is that the system will reduce the stresses of walking with a load on the user.

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