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PV Charging System for Remote Area Operations
Argon ST, Inc.
Reporting requirements per the contract are:
1. Requirements Document
2. Concept Design Document, Existing Technology
3. Prototype Systems Test Report
4. Conceptual Design Document, Next Generation Technology
5. Periodic Reporting - Once per Quarter
The periodic reports #1 - #6 per item 5 above were delivered and will not be included
herein. Items 1 through 4 follow as a brief discussion of the information contained in detail
in the progress reports.
Disaster reports for hurricane Katrina, hurricane Rita, the South Asia [Kashmir 2005]
earthquake, and the Indonesian  Tsunami were studied to glean information about
response requirements and needs. The International Association of Emergency Managers
[IAEM] conference and exhibition provided insights into the operation of emergency
management personnel and equipment being provided by industry. Discussions with the
"Global Volunteers Network" provided further information on the operations and needs
outside the United States. Discussions with U.S. Forest Service personnel provided a
unique view of potential uses of off-road, remotely chargeable electrical transportation
within the U.S. Forest Service areas. General forest maintenance requiring remote area
transport and remotely powered fire watch cameras with wireless image transmittal.
Common themes emerged; health concerns, food and drinking water supplies,
communications, transportation, and shelter were at the top of the list. Power to generate
clean drinking water, provide for command and control, communications, lighting for
shelters, power for health clinics, and fuel for transportation were required in all of the
natural disasters reviewed. Requirements for disaster mitigation and socioeconomic
restoration in the first days of a disaster lie with providing power to sustain life and support
Small power generation units for water purification, light emergency medical equipment,
and lighting would be extremely beneficial during the aftermath incident.
Public lands maintenance and natural disaster mitigation were the foremost interests for
the U.S. Forest Service.
Solar energy collection applied in the remote and first responder applications requires high
efficiency energy conversion, energy storage, and durability, must be lightweight, and must
be easily transportable.
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Ilsemann, Frederick & Thompson, Roger. PV Charging System for Remote Area Operations, report, July 31, 2008; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc893005/m1/3/: accessed November 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.