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Fuel Cells and Other Emerging Manportable Power Technologies for the NATO Warfighter. Part 1: Power Sources for Manportable/Manwearable Applications (Piles a combustible et autres technologies portatives d'alimentation en energie pour les combattants de l'OTAN - Partie 1: Sources d'alimentation pour les applications transportables/portables par l'homme)
NATO SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANIZATION NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE (FRANCE)
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The high cost and excess weight of current batteries is proving unacceptable therefore alternatives to primary non-rechargeable batteries are being sought. Rechargeable batteries provide a lower initial cost option however this brings added complications in maintaining the batteries providing charging, associated generators which require fuel particularly in remote locations. Adoption of an integrated soldier system power design which includes the ability to charge on the move will improve logistics with fewer batteries in the portfolio. Providing the ability to recharge as part of the manwearable role reduces the need to return to the Forward Operating Base FOB for recharging of batteries and also reduces the weight burden for the DSS as related to back up batteries. To identify and report on the state-of the art of fuel cell technology for the manwearable Dismounted Soldier System DSS application.
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