Editor’s note: The fuel cell described in this release is powered by hydrogen, a gas that most likely will be generated by electrolysis from electric energy. With a nearly flat increase in the projection of electric power use over the next few years, developments that will use more from power from electrical sources should be greeted as good news. The wind power industry in particular should be glad to read of this.
The Singapore-based company Horizon Energy Systems (HES) has announced a technology for the demand-hydrogen production based on a solid fuel system and the time of flight of small electrical drones increases with fuel cells. This unique ability missions of long duration to fly with an operating at low altitude mini-drone, offers considerable advantages in the new border protection, infrastructure monitoring, in the grounds exploration and in the monitoring of critical equipment and the environment.
Will unveil officially the company’s new solid chemical AEROPAK-S as well as other innovations at the exhibition AUVSI , to be held from 3rd to 7th of May in Atlanta (Georgia) (booth 401).
“The new AEROPAK-S is the result of years of efforts to typically simplify complex systems and make them easier to use,” said Taras Wankewycz, Chief Executive Officer of HES. “We have studied over the years a number of possible starting materials, but our new system trumps all when it comes to performance, security and scalability in production.”
The new solid fuel module AEROPAK-S with an energy density of 700 Wh /kg eliminates the need for a complex catalytic reactor. This reduces the size, weight and complexity, and enables the construction of a self-contained and ready to use, fuel cartridge system.
AEROPAK-S has been used at the beginning of this year, when flying a commercial mini-drone for the drive. Customized versions of the scheme are secret development projects with several leading OEMs in the aerospace industry for applications, some of which will begin mass production in the coming months.
Many industry experts praised the ultralight HES fuel cells as an effective power solution for small UAV platforms. So far, the company has its development remain primarily focused on the Starrflüglersegment, but expected to set a new world record duration flight in the multi-rotor aircraft segment in the coming weeks.
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