ExFOB 2014 took place 12-16 May 2014 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, CA. The demonstration focused on tactical energy harvesting systems designed to capture kinetic energy from Marines on patrol and waste heat from generators.
Why Energy Harvesting?
Infantry companies today carry 250% more radios and 300% more IT/computers than they did in 2001, leading to a significant increase in battlefield fuel and battery requirements. The individual Marine has felt this impact. Since 2000, a Marine’s assault load has more than doubled in weight (from 41 lbs to 102 lbs). The carried load of batteries in particular has grown from 2 lbs to 13 lbs to meet the growing need for energy-intensive technology on the battlefield.
Innovative approaches to energy harvesting will lighten the carried load, increase infantry mobility, and extend the operational reach of the Marine Corps.
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