Consortium members are a mix of public and private groups. Collaborations among members have enabled accelerated development that is uncommon in R&D of a wearable battery for the Army. Wang says the battery is in the final stages and should be in field safety tests by the end of the year.
He cites a great need in the biomedical space for batteries that can withstand unusual conditions and punishment. Via CREB, Wang organized a 2017 workshop between the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and Department of Energy that outlined a pathway to develop a specialized medical battery. While still in the initial planning stages, Wang says that a similar process as the Army battery project is envisioned to unfold in the biomedical space—and partners will be necessary.