Conformal battery unburdens Army’s networked soldiers
The US Army is developing a battery to improve soldiers’ agility on the battlefield while meeting the demands of an increased power burden stemming from new networked electronic devices. The Conformal Wearable Battery, or CWB, is flexible and integrates into a soldier’s body armor. It conforms to the body, which Army officials say is a significant upgrade to traditional batteries that are rectangular and bulky.
The US Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, or RDECOM, and Program Executive Office Soldier have partnered to fulfill the requirements of today’s networked Soldier with the CWB.
Developing a battery that fits seamlessly into a soldier’s uniform was one of the project’s priorities. Providing a wearable, ergonomic, comfortable footprint is the key. The aim is to develop smaller, lighter, cost-effective power sources.
The CWB provides more power, reduces the need for battery re- charging and spares, and serves as a s
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