Today's soldier carries a lot of weight in gear and a significant portion of that weight burden can be attributable to a number of electronic systems; all requiring power sources to operate. In an article written by Mark Batts (Principal System Engineer, Government Programs and Support at Inventus Power) for Defense Systems, learn how the conformal wearable battery (CWB) helps address two core challenges faced by the overloaded soldier, weight and power source, and how future generations of the CWB must meet increased capacity requirements without sacrificing safety.
From weapons to tools, it is paramount that a soldier has all the essential gear to function in hostile or remote environments. Technological advances have equipped the soldier with more portable electrical systems than ever before, which is why the CWB is such an asset. The development of conformal wearable batteries helped to unify portable power sources into one ergonomically designed form factor and provide enough power for a three-day mission.
As the power needs of soldiers continue to grow, future advancements in conformal wearable batteries will need to offer higher energy density without increasing a soldier's weight load or risk in battle. Read on to learn more about the evolution of wearable power and what it will take to meet the expanding needs of the modern military.