Michigan-based Arotech Corp. has unveiled a prototype man-portable hybrid power management system as a candidate for an upcoming U.S. Department of Defense solicitation for the Mobile Electric Hybrid Power System Lite program.
Developed by the company's UEC Electronics subsidiary, the 3.5 kW system is designed to reduce fuel consumption and extend the life of diesel generators by reducing run time by up to 70%. The hybrid system is to collect and store solar energy, as well as energy from other sources.
The division previously produced the Ground Renewable Expeditionary Energy Network System for the U.S. Marine Corps, which was used at forward operating bases in Afghanistan.
‘The technology is mature and is combat proven,’ says Rebecca Ufkes, president of UEC Electronics. ‘We believe there is a substantial need for this technology and all the feedback we have received from operational forces has been favorable.’