Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Wearable Power Prize Competition is On !!!

This is about new, small and survivable storage technology. Before I say more about this competition, I'll begin with my favorite Q&A from the  FAQ sheet:
Question: Are human-powered systems eligible?

Answer: No, the intent of this prize program is to supply power to the warfighter and not extract power from the warfighter.
Pretty funny for technical FAQ, don't you think? The final competition and live tests are happening right now.  Here are the details:
  • Sponsor: Office of the Director, Defense Research and Engineering (DDR&E)
  • Total # of teams competing: 48 finalists from 15 countries
  • Venue: Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, CA
  • Prize money at stake: $1 million for first prize (plus smaller 2nd and 3rd place awards)
  • Objective: To address the Defense Department’s need for long-endurance, lighter weight power systems for dismounted warfighters.
  • Tech challenge: DoD launched the Wearable Power Prize in July, 2007 offering a one million dollar first prize for a wearable system that provides 20 Watts (avg) of electrical power for 96 hours, weighs less than 4 kilograms (8.8 pounds), attaches to a standard military vest, and operates autonomously.
  • Sep 28 - Competition Begins: Competitors power-up their systems for a 92-hour power-production bench test in outdoor conditions
  • Oct 4 - Final Competition: Teams surviving the bench test go head-to-head in the final 4-hour field test competition. Team members wear their prototypes as they power surrogate equipment in the final trial of the competition.

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