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Energy Generation for Manwearable/Manportable Applications and Remote Sensors

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Sensors & Electronics Technology

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Batteries, Chargers, Fuel Cells, Hybrid Power, Renewable Energy, Solar Panels


Recent NATO operations have illustrated how reliant today’s dismounted warfighter is on electronic systems to successfully accomplish the battlefield mission. These devices range from equipment that is worn on the body such as tactical radios, computers to weapon mounted systems to manned and unmanned sensor systems. Each of these devices requires power – virtually all of which comes from some type of battery. The reliance on batteries creates a financial burden (direct in terms of procurement and indirect in terms of maintenance and logistic supply). Additionally interchangeability and interoperability presents a complex choice resulting in an increased weight burden restricting deployability and re-supply. Mission objectives are influenced by the run time of batteries; providing batteries and fuel for battery chargers increases both the logistics supply lane and their vulnerability to attack/disruption. There are many potential solutions to the problem of providing portable power to the warfighter. These range from advanced battery technologies that offer higher capacities with less weight and volume – to alternative power sources such as fuel cells and kinetic energy devices. There are also advancements being made in battery charging capabilities and the use of renewable energy sources to power these devices. The ultimate solution may not be a single concept or technology – but a hybrid of technologies.


There are three general objectives of the panel (1) to look at a wide variety of power generating sources that would be of value to the dismounted soldier, (2) identify immediate issues and quickly work up potential solutions within 6 months, and (3) work closely with other NATO activities, specifically the NAAG Land Capability Group Dismounted Soldier Systems to provide technical support and get feedback on potential technologies. Specific goals would be too: (1) Assess and forecast advances manportable energy generating technologies (2) Conduct an assessment for emerging technologies and recommend leveraging of resources as appropriate (3) Identify the issues and make recommendations related to use of emerging technologies by dismounted soldiers (4) Determine which technologies can be developed as part of a hybrid system to improve overall effectiveness (5) Recommend standardization and specification protocols (6) Serve as subject matter experts and act as a liaison to other NATO technical teams


• Rechargeable and nonrechargeable batteries • Fuel Cells • Solar Panels • Hybrid solutions • Battery chargers • Specifications and standards required to leverage resources and enable NATO interchangeability

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