Expert Assessment of Advanced Power Sources

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Authors
  1. Gardner, C.L.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Ottawa Ont (CAN);MARCH SCIENTIFIC LIMITED, DUNROBIN ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Although DRDC published an exhaustive technical report (in August 2001) on technology trends in advanced power sources projected out to the year 2020, the terrorist attacks on the US on September 11, 2001 (and the consequent, augmented and more broadly-based defence and national security posture adopted by the CF/DND), together with rapid developments in power source technologies over the past five years, internationally, prompted DRDC to update the 2001 report, on a selected number of power source technologies or applications and to provide further guidance to DRDC’s Advanced Power Source R&D program. Eight wide-ranging, power source technologies or applications were investigated, using the technique of “expert elicitation” (that is, using independent experts in the various and diverse technological fields), based on a standardized questionnaire, augmented by the contractor’s own expertise (and his overall analysis of the experts’ responses) in these diverse areas. In addition, each expert was asked about his/her view on the likely role of nanotechnology in each technological area or application. Following collection and analysis of all the data, the contractor made recommendations on the ability of each power source to meet the future requirements of the CF/DND, taking into account the Technology Readiness Level, for each technology or application.

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Keywords
power sources;soldier system;batteries;microengines;pulse power;energy harvesting;small nuclear reactors;radioisotopic power sources;hybrid systems;power management;Technology Readiness Levels;Nanotechnology;Advanced power sources;Hybrid power sources
Report Number
DRDC-CR-2007-001 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Jul 2007
Number of Pages
69
DSTKIM No
CA029424
CANDIS No
527732
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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