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Strategy Board relating to Robotics
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Beyond Battery Power - CDE Competition

By Siwan Smith

This Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) themed competition is looking for proposals for technologies that will reliably generate power for man-portable and robotic and autonomous systems (RAS). These technologies need to be small, lightweight, modular and preferably have a low acoustic and/or infrared signature.

They are particularly interested in technologies:

  • to improve endurance; stretching to days rather than minutes
  • that are lightweight and man-portable
  • that have high energy density; greater than 1,000 watt hours per kg

As well as developing principal technology components in this competition, at phase 2 we also want to go on to demonstrate integrated system solutions comprising technology components from one or a number of suppliers.

Up to £750,000 is available for phase 1 of this competition. We expect to fund a number of projects around £40,000 to £80,000 with research lasting up to 9 months, with phase-1 deliverables completed by the end of January 2018.

Up to £750,000 will be made available for phase 2. This will only be to projects funded through phase 1 of the competition and will be considered on a per-project basis.

This competition closes on Wednesday 1 February 2017 at 5pm. Proposals must be submitted to CDE online.  For more information about the competiton click here.

The CDE Networking Event on the 1st December in London will brief on the funding call.


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