U.S. Army Natick Labs commissions research to develop technologies that will lighten the battery load for soldiers in the field
WATERTOWN, Mass.– WiTricity, the industry pioneer in Highly Resonant Wireless Power Transfer (HRWPT) over distance, today announced a major contract award by Protonex, a leading provider of advanced portable power solutions for military applications. The project, which aims to develop wireless charging systems for mounted and dismounted warfighters, was commissioned by the U.S. Army’s Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center.
Today’s warfighters must carry 20 pounds or more of batteries to power the radios, computers, and other electronic devices that are critical to their mission. The goal of this project is to develop new approaches to wireless charging and wireless distribution of energy that will eliminate cumbersome and failure-prone power cables, while streamlining the charging of the main battery pack worn on the soldier’s vest. In one target configuration, the soldier’s central battery pack will charge automatically when the soldier is seated in a vehicle. In another configuration, energy will be transferred wirelessly from the soldier’s vest to electronic devices worn on the helmet, reducing the need to equip helmet-worn devices with expensive and heavy batteries.
WiTricity’s expertise in Highly Resonant Wireless Power Transfer will be coupled with Protonex’s experience as a leading technology developer and supplier of portable power management and distribution energy solutions for the U.S. Department of Defense.
“We look forward to working with WiTricity to deliver the most innovative and intelligent energy distribution and management solutions to our trusted counterparts in the military. This is a first step towards realizing that goal,” said Paul Osenar, CEO of Protonex.
“Wireless charging over distance is being applied in many defense, medical, consumer and automotive applications,” said Eric Giler, CEO of WiTricity. “In this program, we look forward to bringing our transformational technology to our troops and making powering their equipment and recharging their batteries easier, faster, and more streamlined.”
WiTricity is the industry leader in wireless electricity delivered over distance. The company was founded in 2007 to commercialize an exciting new technology for wireless electricity invented by world renowned physicists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). With a growing list of global clients in industries including consumer electronics, automotive, medical devices and defense, WiTricity has emerged as the leader for IP and expertise in highly resonant wireless power transfer. For more information, visit www.witricity.com. Follow WiTricity on Facebook,Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.
About the Protonex
Protonex Technology Corporation is a privately held corporation that develops and manufactures industry-leading intelligent power management and portable fuel cell products for military and commercial markets. Protonex products are characterized by low carry weight, ruggedness and reliability, and low heat, noise, and electromagnetic signatures. The company is based in Southborough, Massachusetts. Website: https://www.protonex.com
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