Growing reliance on advanced digital equipment in warzones is leading to increased research and development in power source technology, according to recent analysis.

In its World Micro Fuel Cell Market for Military Man-Portable Equipment report, industry analyst Frost & Sullivan says fuel cells are currently a key focus of development for portable and handheld equipment.

The market is expected to generally increase in penetration by 2010, followed by a rapid period of growth to 2013, Frost & Sullivan says.

They expect 119 million units to be shipped by 2013.

Frost & Sullivan say micro fuel cells could be a viable replacement for lithium batteries in military applications as they have the potential to provide extended device runtimes and quick and simple refuelling options that minimise waste.

By staff writer