Energy

Fuel Reformation

Fuel is the second largest transported item next to water, and is therefore vulnerable to attack. Find out how the Army is working to lessen the reliance on fuel convoys while improving fuel efficiency.
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CERDEC CP&I engineers created an integrated power source through the Soldier Wearable Integrated Power Equipment System, known as SWIPES.
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Setting up the power grid properly is tantamount to the success of efficient power utilization and distribution in the field. It starts with knowing what to do.
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CERDEC is working to create smaller, lighter, energy-dense power sources that are more efficient and will allow soldiers to go longer between energy resupply.
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Military Fuel Efficiency

The Fuel Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator, also known as the Fed Alpha, is a lightweight aluminum chassis designed to accomplish all the missions of a Humvee, only it’s 70% more fuel efficient.
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The Command, Power and Integration Directorate is all about the POWER. Where we get it, how we use it, and how the military is inventing ways to make it all better.
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Government scientists at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have devised a way to turn algae into crude oil in less than an HOUR.
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This image depicts the flow of electricity along the outside edges of a new topological insulator, stanene. Theorists in DARPA’s Mesodynamic Architectures (Meso) program predict stanene would have perfect energy propagation properties at room temperature. (Photo provided by DARPA/Released)

As electrons move, they dissipate heat, reducing the distance a signal can travel. DARPA-sponsored researchers may have found a potential way around this fundamental problem.
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