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:
Pretty funny for technical FAQ, don't you think? The final competition and live tests are happening right now. Here are the details: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.
- 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.