Business Opportunity Alert: The million-dollar battery competition
July 11, 2007

The U.S. Department of Defense is running a competition for a wearable power system that lasts four days and reduces the weight of the battery load typically carried by those in the field. The winning entry gets $1-million, $500,000 for second place and $250,000 for third place.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams in a final competitive demonstration planned for the fall of 2008. At this "wear-off," individuals or teams will demonstrate their prototype systems under realistic conditions. The top three competitors that demonstrate a complete, wearable system that produces 20 watts average power for 96 hours but weighs less than 4 kilograms (~8.8 lbs) will win the prizes.

The competition is open for international participation; however the individual or team leader must provide proof of U.S. citizenship.

++ Action Item: Please contact for contest registration details. An update on related “Security Opportunities” is presented in the CATA Executive Briefing Note, including access to U.S. government procurements through FirstLink