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July 15, 2004


Photovoltaics applied to thin flexible plastics may offer a lightweight power source for US forces in the field.

The U.S. Army's Natick Soldier Systems Center is working in conjunction with Iowa Thin Film Technologies to develop tents and other fabrics made with flexible solar panels that can provide up to one kilowatt of energy, enough power to run devices such as laptops and lights.

Such capabilities would ultimately make travel safer for soldiers in countries during wartime. Extra battery packs carried by troops are sometimes left behind, providing unnecessary hints to enemy forces.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 15, 2004 08:37 AM

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