Horizon Energy Systems announces new 700Wh/kg fuel cell for drones.
Catalyst-free solid hydrogen storage technology exceeds targets set by US DOE.
Singapore, April 22, 2014:
Singaporean company Horizon Energy Systems (HES) announced a breakthrough on-demand hydrogen generation technology based on a solid fuel system, further improving the flight endurance of small fuel cell electric drones. The unique ability to perform long endurance missions with a low-altitude mini-UAV provides considerable new benefits for long endurance missions such as border patrol, infrastructure surveillance, exploration, critical asset and environmental monitoring.
HES’ energy storage innovation follows extensive experience with a first mature system released in 2010 (AEROPAK), which was based on a liquid chemical hydride and a catalytic reactor system. The company will officially unveil the new solid chemical AEROPAK-S at the May 3-7 AUVSI trade show in Atlanta, Georgia (booth 401).
"The new AEROPAK-S is the result of years of effort in simplifying what are typically complex systems and making them easy to deploy “said Taras Wankewycz, HES’ Chief Executive Officer. “We have explored a number of feedstock options through the years and our new system trumps them all on performance, safety and scalability in manufacturing.”
Compared to 200Wh/kg lithium batteries and preceding fuel cell designs, the new 700Wh/kg solid fuel AEROPAK-S completely eliminates the need for a complex catalytic reactor, which reduces size, weight and complexity, while offering a self-contained, plug & play fuel cartridge system.
The new technology is an ideal candidate for powering small electric unmanned aircraft. AEROPAK-S has already powered a commercial mini-UAV flight earlier this year. Custom versions of the system have been in stealth development with several leading aerospace OEMs, some of which are moving to serial production in the coming months.
Numerous industry experts acknowledged HES’ ultra-light fuel cells as a potent power solution for small UAS platforms. While the company’s visibility has mostly been in the fixed-wing segment, it expects to set a new world flight duration record in the multi-rotor segment in the coming weeks.
About Horizon Energy Systems www.hes.sg
Headquartered in Singapore, HES deliver the world’s highest performance fuel cells, achieving orders of magnitude beyond what is possible elsewhere today. Where battery performance limits the effective use of these promising unmanned systems, HES’ next-generation fuel cell systems improve versatility and open new mission possibilities for smaller low altitude aircraft, typically reserved for larger, higher altitude and more expensive aircraft.