U.S. army’s new powder powers on-field devices

Aug 15, 2017, 8:26 AM EDT
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The U.S. Army Research Laboratory has stumbled upon an aluminum-based powder that releases a significantly high amount of energy when in contact with water, a discovery that could easily shed several pounds off soldiers’ backs, who lug around bulky batteries to recharge their field equipment.

The new nanomaterial, which works by rapid and spontaneous hydrolysis of water, can yield 220 kilowatts of power in just three minutes, notes New Atlas.

The Aluminum powder is also compatible with 3D printing, which could allow development of drones and small robots that will draw power by feeding off their own parts, writes Daily Mail.