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BATTERY CHARGERS: Marines look to QinetiQ to provide portable power for battery charging in the field

U.S. Marine Corps leaders have selected the Q-Gen 2.0 1-kilowatt, JP-8 fuel compatible, one-man portable military power generator from QinetiQ North America in Reston, Va., for further evaluation in the low-rate initial production (LRIP) phase of the Marine Corps One Man-Portable Generator (1MPG) program.

Q-Gen 2.0 is a portable power generator that one person can carry in support of military missions in remote, hostile, or austere environments. It operates on heavy fuels such as JP-8 and Jet A in a wide variety of operational conditions and ambient environments, QinetiQ officials say.

Q-Gen 2.0 does not require an accelerant to start or operate on heavy fuels, and it automatically adjusts air flow and engine temperature in response to fluctuations in the environment or applied load.

Q-Gen 2.0 features improved batteries and efficient vaporizer to enhance reliability and performance. The system can provide 900 watts of electrical power for more than three hours to a military team operating in the field on one tank of fuel. The generator also can connect to other Q-Gen units to provide more power.

"Our warfighters can't afford delays in their power-supplied systems on the battlefield or in remote, hostile environments," explains J.D. Crouch, president of the QinetiQ Technology Solutions Group. "Q-Gen provides a reliable source of portable power that weighs less than 40 pounds."

The Marine Corps 1MPG program is developing a power source that operates on common military fuels, is highly transportable, and can be remotely started.

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