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Fuel-cell powered unmanned ground vehicle
Author(s): Jay S. Meldrum; Christopher A. Green; Geoffrey D. Gwaltney; Scott A. Bradley; Jason M. Keith; Thomas F. Podlesak
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Paper Abstract

The use of alternative energy technology for vehicle propulsion and auxiliary power is becoming more important. Work is being performed at Michigan Technological University's Keweenaw Research Center on an Army Research Laboratory cooperative agreement to develop two unmanned ground vehicles for military applications. A wide range of alternative energy technologies were investigated, and hydrogen-powered proton exchange membrane fuel cells were identified as the most appropriate alternative energy source. This is due to some development and commercialization which makes the technology "drop-in plug-in" for immediate use. We present research work on a small unmanned ground vehicle demonstration platform where the fuel cell is the only power source. We also present research work on the integration of a fuel cell onto a large existing platform. The dual-power capability of this vehicle can provide a modest level of propulsion in "engine-off mode" and may also be used to power directed energy devices which have applications in countermine and similar threat technologies.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 May 2007
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6561, Unmanned Systems Technology IX, 656117 (2 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.720791
Show Author Affiliations
Jay S. Meldrum, Michigan Technological Univ. (United States)
Christopher A. Green, Michigan Technological Univ. (United States)
Geoffrey D. Gwaltney, Michigan Technological Univ. (United States)
Scott A. Bradley, Michigan Technological Univ. (United States)
Jason M. Keith, Michigan Technological Univ. (United States)
Thomas F. Podlesak, Army Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6561:
Unmanned Systems Technology IX
Grant R. Gerhart; Douglas W. Gage; Charles M. Shoemaker, Editor(s)

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