Feeds

US forces order fuel-cell units for medevac stretchers

I see you have the machine that goes ping, soldier

A new approach to endpoint data protection

The US military will use fuel-cell power units attached to stretchers to power critical medical machinery used in casualty evacuation, according to reports.

Fuel Cell Today reports that Jadoo Power has received a new Defense Department contract to produce its Portable Electric Power Supply for Aeromedical Evacuation (PEPSAE) 100-watt unit, with a view to use attached to medevac stretchers. The PEPSAE runs on three swappable N-Stor 360 hydride fuel cartridges, which hold 1080 watt-hours of juice and allow the unit to deliver nominal power for ten hours before needing new cartridges. The electricity is used to run life-support and monitoring equipment as required by the casualty in the stretcher.

According to Jadoo, the previous medevac stretcher support equipment used by the US military weighed 159lbs. The PEPSAE unit and its cartridges weigh 40lb, and allow the stretcher and casualty to be independent of vehicle or aircraft power.

The only emission produced by the unit is water vapour from the PEM fuel cell, which combines hydrogen from the fuel cartridges with atmospheric oxygen to produce power.

The company also announced a separate US military contract last month intended to develop lighter PEM fuel-cell units for use in unattended ground sensors and to power equipment carried by foot soldiers. Jadoo cartridge-cell kit has also been used (pdf) to power extended-range versions of the (in)famous Segway wheely-bollard device. ®

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

More from The Register

next story
Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees
'Greenhouse effect is real, but as for the rest of it ...'
Asteroid's DINO KILLING SPREE just bad luck – boffins
Sauricide WASN'T inevitable, reckon scientists
Brit amateur payload set to complete full circle around PLANET EARTH
Ultralight solar radio tracker in glorious 25,000km almost-space odyssey
Boffins spot weirder quantum capers as neutrons take the high road, spin takes the low
Cheshire cat effect see neutrons and their properties walk different paths
NASA Mars rover FINALLY equals 1973 Soviet benchmark
Yet to surpass ancient Greek one, however
Famous 'Dish' radio telescope to be emptied in budget crisis: CSIRO
Radio astronomy suffering to protect Square Kilometre Array
prev story

Whitepapers

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
A new approach to endpoint data protection
What is the best way to ensure comprehensive visibility, management, and control of information on both company-owned and employee-owned devices?