24 May '12, 4pm

Solar Backpacks to Charge Marines in the Field

Solar Backpacks to Charge Marines in the Field

© US Naval Research Laboratory In an effort to reduce the energy supply needs and lessen the risks of U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) forward deployed forces, researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have prototyped and are field-testing one solution: A mobile solar power pack, with high efficiency, flexible solar cells coupled to a high capacity rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack. "One of the most significant challenges currently facing the Marine Corps is the need to supply sufficient electricity to individual Marines in forward operating bases. Mobile photovoltaics are a technology that can address these needs by leveraging emerging, flexible, high efficiency photovoltaic technology." - Robert Walters, NRL Solid State Devices Branch The MSP prototype uses an array of single-junction solar cells, along with a power conditioning circuit to maximize power produc...

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