BAE hails battery breakthrough
Published 12/02/2012 | 02:59
Scientists at BAE Systems has claimed to have developed an alternative to standard batteries which could lighten the load of soldiers' rucksacks.
The so-called structural batteries could reduce the weight carried by troops as electrical energy is stored within the physical structure of equipment, instead of in traditional batteries.
The manufacturer has said successful demonstrations of the technology have been completed in a torch and a drone, highlighting its potential use in consumer and military devices.
The Ministry of Defence is understood to have shown an interest in British troops using the batteries.
Alex Parfitt, capability technology leader for materials at BAE Systems, said: "Structural batteries can be used in virtually anything that requires electricity from small gadgets to entire vehicles.
"It can not only support our soldiers on the frontline, but also revolutionise technology in the consumer market by allowing more efficient, elegant and lighter designs."
The technology has been developed by merging battery chemistries into materials that can be moulded into the structure of the devices themselves.