Hydrogen Drone Flies for 70 Minutes Carrying 5kg PDF Print E-mail

Hydrogen Drone Flies for 70 Minutes Carrying 5kg

  Hydrogen Drone Flies for 70 Minutes Carrying 5kg


Hydrogen Drone Flies for 70 Minutes Carrying 5kg

A new world record has been set by a clean-energy powered drone which completed a successful flight of 70 minutes setting a new benchmark for flight time and payload in the commercial Unmanned Aerial vehicle (UAV) industry.

In the collaborative project RACHEL, supported by Innovate UK and led by venture engineering company Productiv on behalf of the UK’s leading UAV filming specialists BATCAM, the purpose-built fuel cell powered UAV or drone remained airborne for an uninterrupted 70 minutes carrying a 5kg payload.  This was achieved on the UAV with below 20kg maximum take-off mass, using a 6-litre cylinder containing hydrogen gas compressed to 300 bar.

 BATCAM aims to conduct real-world end-user trials completing the project by early 2019. Successful completion of the project could bring huge benefits in industrial sectors such as mining, agriculture, surveying and monitoring, security, and emergency services. Fuel cell engineering company Intelligent Energy contributed with integration work and BATCAM worked on design requirements, project targets and piloting the test flights.  Intelligent Energy is commissioning and trialling a user-friendly, cost-effective, portable refuelling solution from NanoSUN, a specialist supplier of hydrogen fuel systems. Productiv’s role involves programme management, business model planning, design for manufacture and supply chain optimisation.

Jonathan Reed of Productiv commented: “The effectiveness of UAVs is limited by their flight time and payload capacity.  This innovation opens up new opportunities for commercial UAV operators. Hydrogen power has huge potential here, and we anticipate a significant growth in the market for hydrogen-powered UAVs in the next few years.”

Jon Hurndall, CEO of BATCAM, commented “I congratulate all partners on this fantastic achievement. A 60-minute-plus flight time with a large payload creates many opportunities, not only with our existing broadcast clients but in other commercial markets and sectors. We are eager to explore these opportunities in 2019.”

David Woolhouse, CEO at Intelligent Energy, said: “The advantages of fuel cells over batteries for our customers are clear; fast refuelling, no vibration, quiet operation, zero emission at point of use and three times more flight time than batteries. Fuel cells are a game-changer for the commercial UAV market.”

More information about the project and the flight test is available at

Gencell G5 hydrogen fuel cell installed in Hillel Yaffe Medical Centre PDF Print E-mail

Israel-based GenCell Energy, a manufacturer of fuel cell energy solutions, has announced the installation of a hydrogen-based GenCell G5 Long-Duration UPS (uninterrupted power supply) at The Hillel Yaffe Medical Centre.

The new fuel cell, installed in the cardiac catheterisation unit, represents Israel’s first fuel cell used within a hospital environment. The GenCell G5 ensures power continuity within the unit for optimal patient care.

The project executed together with healthcare service provider and GenCell’s medical market distributor, Medtechnica, signifies an important step for medical and other public service institutions seeking to transition to clean energy. 

The G5 solution is set to optimise operations in the Intensive Care Coronary Unit (ICCU), where long, complex catheterisation procedures involving sophisticated equipment require imaging devices and computer peripherals with high power load demands.

“From the start of testing we have been impressed by the GenCell G5’s flawless performance. In addition to its measurable contribution to smooth equipment operations, the reliability of regular power now enables our staff to carry out medical procedures with full confidence and peace of mind – undoubtedly, this has resulted in better patient care and personnel well-being,” said Ronen Edry, Chief Engineering at The Hillel Yaffe Medical Centre.

The GenCell G5 is now regulating energy for all the cardio-catheterisation medical operations, reducing patient disruption, improving care, and in extreme conditions, minimising the likelihood of power issues resulting in risk-to-life.

“We are proud that the Hillel Yaffe Medical Centre is leveraging our hydrogen-powered fuel cells to ensure the smooth operation of its cardio-catheterisation unit. Not only is the facility maximising the uptime of its specialised equipment and avoiding costly repairs, it’s also reducing the dependency on diesel to protect the environment,” said Gil Shavit, GenCell President and Chief Business Development Officer.

Toyota, Paccar team up on clean hydrogen trucks for polluted LA ports PDF Print E-mail
GP: Toyota hydrogen fuel cell semi truck Inside Automobility LA Ahead Of The Los Angeles Auto Show
The Toyota Motor Corp. hydrogen fuel cell powered semi-truck is displayed during AutoMobility LA ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California.
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‘Peppy and quiet’

“Drivers like these trucks because they are peppy and quiet,” Lindgren said.

The fuel-cell system that will be used in the prototypes will be supplied by Toyota and is an updated version of an original test vehicle that operated at the ports this past year. The new trucks will actually pair two stacks producing about 228 kilowatts, or 306 horsepower. That understates the power the technology delivers because the electric motors that drive the wheels produce tremendous amounts of torque — though Paccar and Toyota officials didn’t have the final torque numbers available.

Improving performance and easing the job of a fuel-cell truck’s driver, the Paccar/Toyota technology will require only a four-speed transmission, rather than the 18-gear transmissions in the typical Class 8 truck.

In production, meanwhile, Andy Lund, the Toyota chief engineer on the project, said the trucks would have the same payload capacity as a diesel rig.

5 to 7 miles per gallon

From a fuel economy perspective, Lindgren said the prototype trucks will be roughly equivalent to a current diesel, or around 5 to 7 mpg. But Lund stressed that the vehicles will produce nothing but water vapor in terms of exhaust.

The new project will provide answers as to whether fuel-cell technology can serve as a viable replacement for the conventional diesel trucks that now ply the ports, hauling goods from ship to shipping depots, Lund added.

Paccar and Toyota aren’t the only ones looking at fuel cells for the trucking industry. Salt Lake City-based Nikola Motor is developing several of its own hydrogen-powered heavy-duty rigs, including the Class 8 Nikola One it hopes to start building later this year. It claims to have received about 8,000 advance orders worth more than $6 billion.

‘Fool cells’

Not everyone is convinced hydrogen power will prove viable, however. TeslaCEO Elon Musk is fond of calling the technology “fool cells,” and he isn’t the only critic. Skeptics note that there is no ready source of hydrogen and no distribution network as there is for either electricity or diesel fuel.

They also point out that hydrogen must be produced either by cracking water into its component elements — two parts hydrogen, one part water — or by refining fossil fuels ranging from coal to petroleum to natural gas. Those approaches can be energy intensive or result in CO2 emissions.Tesla is one of several companies that are focusing on battery-powered Class 8 trucks. Musk previewed a running version of the Tesla Semi in November 2017.

Which technology will win is far from certain, but California air quality regulators want to see all diesel trucks used at the Los Angeles-area ports permanently sidelined by 2035 and replaced by zero-emission vehicles.

World could win climate battle with 100% renewables transition by 2050 PDF Print E-mail
Author: Patrick.

January 22 (Renewables Now) - A transition plan for 100% renewable energy use by 2050 that could solve the global climate crisis would cost around USD 1.7 trillion (EUR 1.49tr) per year, less than half the cost of current subsidies for fossil fuels, says a study funded by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.

The research was conducted by scientists at the University of Technology Sydney, the German Aerospace Center and the University of Melbourne. It is based on data from advanced modelling with 72 regional energy grids and hourly increments through 2050 and a comprehensive assessment of available renewable resources such and wind and solar that could meet future energy demand.

The scientists explained that this is the first model that presents a roadmap towards a negative emissions world through using natural climate solutions and its cost would be significantly lower than the USD 5 trillion in subsidies that governments now allocate for fossil fuels each year. In addition to the 100% renewables transition, the plan also includes the restoration of degraded forests and other lands.

"While the renewable energy transition is imperative to solving the climate crisis, it isn't enough. As this climate model shows, in order to keep the global temperature rise to no more than 1.5°C, we have to keep our natural carbon sinks intact, scale up restoration efforts and shift to regenerative agriculture,” said Justin Winters, executive director of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.

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Alstom to introduce hydrogen-powered trains in U.K. PDF Print E-mail
Jan. 7 (UPI) -- France-based Alstom presented Monday a new hydrogen train design for the U.K. market with the aim to build a fleet that will be up and running by 2022, following up on its introduction in Germany in September.

The new model, named Breeze, is based on a conversion of existing Class 321 trains, which are conventionally powered and used for commuter service in the U.K., said Alstom, adding it is working with the U.K.-based train operator Eversholt Rail. The design would serve to create a new fleet that will emit only water and "no harmful emissions at all," as well as provide more room for passengers.

"Alstom and Eversholt Rail are working closely with industry stakeholders to develop the business cases and evaluate detailed introduction plans for fleets" and hydrogen fuel infrastructure, Alstom said.

"The Alstom facility in Widnes (Northwest England) will manage the conversion of the Breeze trains, creating high quality engineering jobs in this new, emerging sector," the company added.

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"The railways need to decarbonize and the government has rightly set out a goal to eliminate diesel rolling stock by 2040," said Nick Crossfield, Alstom UK & Ireland Managing Director.

Claire Perry, the U.K. minister for Energy and Clean Growth, added that the U.K. has budgeted $29 billion to its "Industrial Strategy" efforts involving hydrogen transport.

While Alstom's release did not provide additional detail on the U.K. program, a Monday report in The Times said that a deal has already been reached, and it involves the conversion of "more than 100" conventional-powered trains so that they can run on hydrogen.

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Alstom in September helped start operation of the Coradia iLint hydrogen train in Germany, where it now operates daily in regular passenger service.

The Coradia iLint connects cities in the Lower Saxony region of northern Germany. The train, designed to run in tracks with non-electrified wires, emits low levels of noise with exhaust being only steam and condensed water.

Alstom said that while the hydrogen train introduction in Germany "is proof that hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are feasible, both technically and commercially," more infrastructure related to hydrogen fuel is needed to help achieve complete decarbonization of the hydrogen used in transport by 2030.

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"There is growing interest in Alstom's hydrogen technology worldwide, including in France where the president of the Occitanie region, Carole Delga, recently announced a proposal to introduce hydrogen trains there," Alstom said Monday.

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