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Power and energy research at the Army Research Laboratory
Author(s): Edward C. Shaffer; Mark C. Wood
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Paper Abstract

The requirement for power and energy in a modernized, highly digital and network-centric Army is growing exponentially. In addition to the ongoing demand for improved soldier portable power sources, the need for more electric capabilities for combat and unmanned platforms and the requirements of emerging Operational Energy doctrine are driving development of high density, energy efficient power technologies. The Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is addressing these needs through developing a number of underpinning power and energy component technologies at the fundamental research level. ARL is leveraging core expertise in microelectronics and micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), energy conversion, energy storage, and wideband gap materials and devices to advance selected niche areas that address military demands beyond commercial needs in partnership with the Army Research, Development and Engineering centers (RDECs), other services, other agencies, industry, and academia. The technologies under development can be broadly characterized under power generation and energy conversion, energy storage, power distribution, and thermal management. This discussion outlines progress, approach and the way ahead for ARL efforts.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 2012
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8377, Energy Harvesting and Storage: Materials, Devices, and Applications III, 837702 (19 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925206
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Edward C. Shaffer, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Mark C. Wood, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8377:
Energy Harvesting and Storage: Materials, Devices, and Applications III
Nibir K. Dhar; Priyalal S. Wijewarnasuriya; Achyut K. Dutta, Editor(s)

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