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Power Systems

A robot isn’t going anywhere without juice. Your body uses a complex process of breaking down food into chemicals that it then converts to energy for powering muscles, organs, and other systems. In robots, a number of different substances are used to give a robot its get-up-and-go. The most common are electricity (from AC wall current, batteries, and solar power), air, and liquid. Let’s take a look at each of these.

Caution

An obvious power source that we won’t address here is internal combustion. Internal combustion engines can be found on some field and combat robots, but given the danger of this fuel type for any active bot, batteries and other less volatile power sources are more commonly used.



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