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24 June 2014: power enduring challenge

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CDE enduring challenge competition presentation on power from 24 June 2014 Innovation Network event in Cardiff

CDE enduring challenge competition presentation on power from 24 June 2014 Innovation Network event in Cardiff

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  • 1. CDE enduring challenge: power OFFICIAL DSTL/PUB82049 © Crown copyright 2013 Dstl 25 June 2014
  • 2. Overview • Power and energy are constraining factors on military operations • Likely to continue • MOD needs improved power and energy management • Industry is funding relevant development • MOD has fossil fuel use reduction targets to meet OFFICIAL DSTL/PUB82049 © Crown copyright 2013 Dstl 25 June 2014
  • 3. Enduring challenge areas • Dismounted soldier applications • Bases, platforms and the ‘defence enterprise’ OFFICIAL DSTL/PUB82049 © Crown copyright 2013 Dstl 25 June 2014
  • 4. Dismounted Soldier System (DSS) power issues • Soldiers carry too much • Batteries contribution significant • Future capability could increase power demand – more data = more power • Need to reduce battery burden OFFICIAL DSTL/PUB82049 © Crown copyright 2013 Dstl 25 June 2014
  • 5. MOD requires a means of transferring high volumes of time-synced data while minimising power consumption OFFICIAL DSTL/PUB82049 25/06/2014 © Crown copyright 2013 Dstl
  • 6. What we want • COTS / MOTS high data rate, low power consumption, reliable network with no latency issues • 1GBaseT (1 Gb/s) Ethernet functionality with lower power consumption • OR solution to synchronisation and latency issues with USB 25/06/2014 OFFICIAL Dstl/PUB82049© Crown copyright 2013 Dstl
  • 7. MOD requires a means of powering dismounted soldier systems over multiday missions without excessive mass OFFICIAL DSTL/PUB82049 25/06/2014 © Crown copyright 2013 Dstl
  • 8. What we want • Novel, reliable and practical to sustain the dismounted soldier power needs • Efficient and practical ways to move power (and data) around torso and to weapon and helmet • Better batteries • Better than state of art energy harvesting OFFICIAL DSTL/PUB82049 25/06/2014 © Crown copyright 2013 Dstl
  • 9. What we don’t want • Energy harvesting proposals that don’t – improve state of the art – compete with batteries over 2-3 day missions – make reasonable assumptions for resource • Battery or fuel cell proposals that don’t – exceed COTS – or utilise COTS systems in a novel way 25/06/2014 OFFICIAL Dstl/PUB82049 © Crown copyright 2013 Dstl
  • 10. Expected bid technical information • Show an awareness of state of the art and how the proposal claims to improve on this: – Novel improved technology – Novel use of a COTS technology – Estimated performance • Evidence or logic for estimates if possible – Clearly defined deliverables OFFICIAL DSTL/PUB82049 © Crown copyright 2013 Dstl 25 June 2014
  • 11. • Beyond the soldier, defence activities both foreign and domestic consume significant quantities of energy • Are we resilient? Bases, platforms and ‘defence enterprise’ OFFICIAL DSTL/PUB82049 25 June 2014
  • 12. Why fossil fuel? © Crown copyright 2013 Dstl 25 June 2014 OFFICIAL DSTL/PUB82049 • Well understood properties • High energy density • Relatively safe in an operational environment • Single source of energy reduces logistical burden
  • 13. Risks © Crown copyright 2013 Dstl 25 June 2014 OFFICIAL DSTL/PUB82049 • Energy cost increases • Cost instability • Future availability of military fuel grades • Commercial markets adopting new types of fuels
  • 14. Reason for action – operations OFFICIAL • Better resilience has benefits: – Reduced re-supply missions • Reduces cost and exposure to harm – Increased autonomy of force elements – Fight longer, harder, better – Improve area of influence © Crown copyright 2013 Dstl 25 June 2014 OFFICIAL DSTL/PUB82049
  • 15. Reason for action – UK infrastructure OFFICIAL DSTL/PUB82049 • Better energy resilience of MOD infrastructure has benefits: – Reduced energy cost – Flexibility to meet demand – Reduced CO2 emissions linked to defence © Crown copyright 2013 Dstl 25 June 2014
  • 16. Open to ideas © Crown copyright 2013 Dstl 25 June 2014 Efficiency Behaviour Planning 1. Improve equipment efficiency through improved design and technology insertion 2. Improve operating behaviour through training 3. Improve planning to consider the energy demand of different options OFFICIAL DSTL/PUB82049