Energy and power – Defence is interested in understanding how advances in energy generation and storage and smart materials may promote more efficient energy consumption, reduce logistic footprint, soldier burden and support high power future sensing and weapons systems.


As commercial investment introduces widely available and low cost systems, the technological lead of the UK and its allies over adversaries is likely to be further eroded, with the democratisation of technologies such as additive manufacturing, cyber and unmanned systems enabling non-government actors to strike at the UK. To counter these advances we need to explore technologies which will improve the survivability of our people and platforms, extended their endurance, and ensure robust and resilient military capabilities.

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