Emergency Power Pack

The Emergency Power Pack is a small, portable system that uses aluminum fuel and a hydrogen fuel cell to produce electricity to charge devices in emergency scenarios and beyond.

Aluminum fuel has a high energy density (on par with diesel fuel and 4x ion lithium batteries by mass) and is stable in storage and transit. Designed initially as a disposable system for use specifically in emergency rescue situations (to charge radios, GPS, etc.), the EPP has been demonstrated capable of reuse and refueling. Originally developed on behalf of the United States Marine Corps, the EPP’s applications can extend to areas such as camping, remote research equipment, portable refrigeration, and disaster relief.

The goal for this project during the 2016-2017 academic year is to transform the prototype EPP into a commercial grade system.

The EPP team seeks students with the following skills and interests for further development of the system during 2.014 Spring 2017:

  • Design for manufacturing
  • Electronics
  • Thermal fluids
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Metal treatment and fuel science
  • Hydrogen fuel cells
  • System integration
  • Documentation and communication
  • Sewing