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Skid steer fuel cell powered unmanned ground vehicle (Burro)
Author(s): Jay S. Meldrum; Christopher A. Green
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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. 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 have previously presented research work on a small unmanned ground vehicle demonstration platform where the fuel cell is the only power source. We now present research work on the integration of a fuel cell onto a larger skid steer 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: 22 April 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6962, Unmanned Systems Technology X, 69620Z (22 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.772832
Show Author Affiliations
Jay S. Meldrum, Michigan Technological Univ. (United States)
Christopher A. Green, Michigan Technological Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6962:
Unmanned Systems Technology X
Grant R. Gerhart; Douglas W. Gage; Charles M. Shoemaker, Editor(s)

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