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The Electricity-Generating Backpack design provides wearable renewable electricity for combat soldiers or disaster-relief workers operating in remote locations. By replacing disposable batteries — which can add up to 20 lbs of weight — the pack permits longer mission duration and reduces the demand for resupply operations.

Electricity-Generating Backpack

Coverage of current military testing

Backpack harnesses pedestrian power

Sept. 9, 2005

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New backpack puts the juice in power walking

Sept. 8, 2005

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An Energy-Emitting . . . Backpack?

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Oct. 11, 2005

Be Your Own Battery

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Nov. 15, 2005

Pounding Pavement Generates Electricity When Wearing Novel Backpack

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Sept. 9, 2005

New Backpack Generates Its Own Electricity

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Sept. 8, 2005

Researchers Develop Power-Producing Backpack

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Sept. 8, 2005

Backpack Pumps Power From Pedestrians

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Sept. 10, 2005

Power walking at Penn: This backpack generates one hip energy source

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Sept. 9, 2005

Backpack generates its own electricity

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Sept. 8, 2005

Backpack Creates Electric Power as You Walk

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Sept. 8, 2005

Power packs harness hikers' energy

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Sept. 8, 2005

New Backpack Powers Up

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Sept. 8, 2005

Getting a charge out of backpacking

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Sept. 27, 2005

A new type of backpack generates electricity as you walk

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Sept. 27, 2005

Backpack generates a powerful punch

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Sept. 8, 2005

Inventor of the Week: Lawrence Rome

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April 2006

A New Twist on Power Walking

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Sept., 2005

Shoe Leather as a Renewable Resource: Penn Biologists Invent Power-Generating Backpack

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Sept. 8, 2005

Lightning Packs on CNN (2006)

Marines video profiling Lightning Packs at ExFob ’14 (May 18, 2014)

CERDEC video featuring Lightning Packs (August 6, 2015)

Marines presentation about Lightning Packs and Joint Infantry Company Prototype (April 21, 2016)

Army’s energy harvesting innovations lighten soldier’s heavy load

March 9, 2016

Navy-Marine Corps-Army Engineers Win Top Awards for Energy Harvesting Innovation

March 10, 2016

Powering the Marine, Enabling the Force

March 2016

Military Tests Energy Generating Backpack

August 2015

US military expand kinetic energy efforts

May 9, 2016

Military.com report on Lightning Packs and Joint Infantry Company Prototype (JIC-P) (May 18, 2016)

http://www.military.com/video/forces/technologies/sea-air-space-jic-p/4900053271001

Movement converts to electricity

Power generation with a 50 lb load

Walking

Causes hip and load to rise and fall 2-3 inches per step

Previous coverage

Video reports

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