The U.S. military is the largest consumer of natural resources in the world, a
fact that provides significant impetus for research and development (R&D)
activities toward discovering better means of storing energy. The potential
exists to dramatically reduce the fuel consumption of military operations, and
advanced batteries represent a crucial innovation to these ends. However, the
primary driver for innovation in this area by the military is the changing
nature of military operations and the use of advanced communications
technologies, unmanned vehicles, and advanced weaponry - nearly all of which
necessitate advanced energy storage systems.
Recognizing these needs, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), along with each
branch of the military, is pursuing research for advanced battery innovation
to serve a wide variety of end-uses. Advanced battery innovation is the
subject of R&D efforts funded by the White House, special projects at the
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and research labs under the
Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force. In the next 5 to 10 years, the
military seeks to develop high-voltage battery cells through materials science
research and to ultimately develop solid-state battery systems that will be
lightweight and energy dense.
This research brief details the U.S. military's efforts to advance battery
technology, examining the history of military battery use, the relation of
advanced batteries and military energy security, and specific military
applications, including unmanned aircraft systems. Key players focusing on
advanced battery technology for military applications are listed along with
competing technologies being reviewed for power and propulsion systems.
Conclusions and recommendations for battery developers and suppliers are also
Key Questions Addressed:
- How does the U.S. military use batteries?
- What are the key military applications for advanced batteries?
- In what ways does the military contribute to advanced battery innovation?
- What are the leading technologies driving interest in advanced batteries
for the military?
- How much R&D funding has the military contributed to advanced batteries?
- Who are some of the key players influencing U.S. military battery
- What are the key conclusions and recommendations for battery developers
Who needs this report?
- Battery manufacturers and component suppliers
- Battery industry associations
- Emerging battery technology companies and integrators
- Government agencies and policymakers
- Investor community
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Table of Contents
1. Executive Summary
2. Market Update
- 2.1. Enhancing Military Operations with Advanced Batteries
- 2.2. History of Batteries in the U.S. Military
- 2.3. Military Energy Security and Advanced Batteries
- 2.3.1. Unmanned Aircraft Systems
- 184.108.40.206. Battery Innovation for Unmanned Aircraft Systems
- 2.4. Competing Technologies
- 2.5. Battery Innovation through the Military-Industrial Complex
- 2.6. Key Commercial Entities in the Military Innovation Ecosystem
3. Conclusions and Recommendations
List of Charts, Tables, and Figures
- Selected Key Players in the Defense Industry
- Government Funding for Unmanned Aerial Systems
- Mass Specific Power Trends
Advanced Batteries for Military Applications published by Navigant Research (formerly Pike Research) in February 6, 2013. This report consists of 10 Pages and the price starts from US $ 1500.