Test and Evaluation of the Smart Fuel Cell C20-MP Direct Methanol Hybrid Fuel Cell System as a Soldier Power Source
Final rept. 15 Mar-31 Oct 2005
ARMY COMMUNICATIONS-ELECTRONICS RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING CENTER FORT BELVOIR VA
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Recent advances in fully integrated, portable fuel cell system development have highlighted the potential benefits they might offer to military users in the near term. Soldier power 1 watt - 100 watts direct current fuel cell applications have seen significant attention of late due to challenges in ongoing operations to meet power demands for the Warfighters equipment. This challenge has resulted in the use of secondary rechargeable batteries in the field, something that was only done in training exercises prior to recent operations. Consequently, the logistics burden for dismounted Soldiers on missions longer than 24 hours has become quite arduous. As such, the growing need for lightweight, rugged, and environmentally benign soldier power systems has been targeted as an excellent entry market for portable fuel cell systems.
- Electrochemical Energy Storage