The Electrochemistry Branch in the Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate at Army Research Laboratory is working to fix that by creating fuel cells that are lighter, more efficient and more durable than existing batteries. The new fuel cells will help soldiers by lessening the number of batteries that they carry for missions lasting longer than 24 hours.
Dr. Cynthia Lundgren, chief of the electrochemistry Branch, discussed that fuel cell technology, which has the potential to lower the weight burden carried by soldiers, during a Oct. 21 webcast of “Armed with Science: Research and Applications for the Modern Military.”
Depending on their role in the battalion, some soldiers may carry as much as 35 pounds of batteries with them for a 72-hour mission, Lundgren said. She’d like to see that weight reduced to 12 pounds.
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