Soldier System Power Sources
Final rept. 31 Jul 2003-15 Aug 2006
SOUTH CAROLINA UNIV COLUMBIA DEPT OF ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING
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This work addressed five key issues related to effective use of electric energy by dismounted troops, working both at the individual level and at the squad level, with the fundamental goal of reducing the total mass of the electric power sources carried by a Marine in the Expeditionary Forces while still meeting all of his electric power demands. To achieve that goal, this work investigated the effectiveness of hybrid power sources composed variously of batteries, fuel cells, and super capacitors, it developed control algorithms for those hybrid power sources, it assessed the value of recovering energy from partially spent primary cells, it developed more-efficient methods of capturing energy from photovoltaic sources, and it developed simulation-based tools for planning the carriage of sufficient electric energy to power specific suites of equipment as necessary to accomplish specific missions.
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