As the Soldier’s technological capabilities advance, an increased quantity of batteries is being carried by the Soldier. Recent advances in power and energy have yielded technology that allows recharging of one central battery on-the-move using kinetic energy harvested from the Soldier’s motion.
The Energy Harvesting Assault Pack, or EHAP, is a system that converts vertical kinetic energy from a Soldier’s walking and running into electrical energy using a double-frame load suspension system. The EHAP enables longer duration missions without battery resupply at decreased logistical burden. While generating energy, the frame suspension system is also designed to enhance the ergonomic advantage and decrease the risk of musculoskeletal injury to the Soldier. The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center is partnering with other Army organizations such as the Army Research Laboratory, Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, and Program Executive Office Soldier.
The CERDEC Command, Power and Integration Directorate Power Division is developing safe, technically innovative and cost effective solutions to meet the Soldier's portable and mobile power and energy needs.
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