Multifunctional Power Systems for Improved Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) in Portable Electronic SystemsApril 2015
Topics: Energy-Generating Resources, Performance of Systems, Electronics (General)
Multifunctional energy systems use a single material system to perform multiple functions in a larger system. For example, structural components can be made out of materials that not only provide mechanical strength but also store energy, or protective components can be made out of materials that not only provide protection but also harvest energy. By satisfying multiple requirements with a single material system, multifunctional energy systems can eliminate some components of the system and improve overall system size, weight, and power. This report examines several multifunctional energy systems and quantifies the potential impact of these systems.