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Battlefield Energy and Electrification Options Workshop – an FCG Open Innovation Laboratories Event

04/Jul/2023 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

UTAC Millbrook Proving Ground, 4 July 23 

Background: The modern soldier is increasingly more digitised and equipped with drones, sensors, electronic countermeasures, robotics and comms, with no indication that this trend will decrease. As the Expeditionary Robotics Centre of Expertise (ERCoE) continues to develop solutions they are starting to consider how these systems will be powered. Facing increase energy cost and limited access to precious metals powering the future battlefield is areal challenge.

Challenge: Hybridisation, electrification and battery storage all offer some advantages, but they are not without trade-off for weight, recharge times and operating duration. Maintaining operational advantage over our adversaries, force elements need to be light, agile and able to operate for prolonged periods of time without resupply; Carrying half your body weight in batteries is not an option.

Opportunity: Driven by climate change and enabled by advances in technology other sectors are undertaking energy transitions and Defence must capitalising on this wider sector investment.

Purpose: In the context of the Defence Operational Energy Strategy this event will look at dual purpose energy solution from across sectors identifying options with potential to address the energy challenges of the land domain.

Agenda: With speakers invited from Industry, Army, Future Capability Group, Defence Support Energy & Futures and Innovation the agenda is still under development and will be confirmed in the next few weeks.

Format: This is a physical in person event only with no option to dial in.  Where permission is granted presentation material will be made available post event.

Attire: Dress is business casual or uniform, as this is a working environment please wear flat sensible shoes, no heals.

Refreshments: Light lunch and refreshments will be provided

Cost: The event is free to attend.

Register to Attend: Tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis and if over subscribed may be limited to one person per company.

Strategic Command, Strat Cmd


9:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Jack Thompson


UTAC Millbrook Proving Ground
Station Lane
Bedford, Bedfordshire MK45 2JQ United Kingdom
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