Hydrogen Fuel Cell for Drones and Robots

Fuel Cell Power System for UAVs
These systems utilize state-of-the-art design solutions and materials ensuring the maximum possible specific energy density for the specified capacity. A next-generation power supply system based on our own hydrogen-air fuel cells designed for UAVs is an alternative to Li-ion batteries, with a game-changing ability to:
energy
10
store up to 10 times more energy at comparable weight and dimensions
time
4
drastically increasing flight time up to 4 hours and the scope of operations available for a UAV
temperatures
-40
operating and starting temperatures up to -40 °C
Use cases
Fuel Cell Plane
BMPower was required by a Chinese company IDS to substitute the ICE of their drones with fuel cells in order to reduce noise and improve stability in negative temperatures. Successful trial flights were completed in March 2018.
Fuel Cell Copter
BMPower was required by an English company to substitute lithium batteries of their copter for monitoring. The purpose was to increase the flight time and the stability of operation in negative temperatures. Successful trial flights were carried out in England in April 2018.
Fuel Cell RLS
BM Power was required by a military company to substitute a diesel generator for a portable radar to extend the operating time (up to 24 hours) and to reduce the possibility of infrared detection. The first systems were delivered and tested in December 2017.
Fuel Cell Delivery Drone
One of the global 3PL company is looking for ways to substitute expensive helicopters with drones based on the BMPower’s fuel power system for urgent delivery of goods. The needs for using air transport is caused by hours of equipment downtime, which costs millions of dollars in losses. An agreement on cooperation was signed in December 2017 and the first flight in are planned in 2018.
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Range of products
Basic characteristics
Rated Power, W
500
Rated Supply Voltage, V
10…30
Runtime, min
335
Cylinder Volume, L
7
Specific energy, Wh/kg
694
Weights
Fuel Cell Module, kg
1,1
Hydrogen cylinder, kg
2,3
Fuel processing system, kg
0,4
Control module & wires, kg
0,5
TOTAL, kg
4,2
Dimensions
Fuel Cell Module, mm
225х145х124
Cylinder with regulator, mm
Ø148х600
Control module, mm
70х55х30
Basic characteristics
Rated Power, W
1000
Rated Supply Voltage, V
24…56
Runtime, min
175
Cylinder Volume, L
7
Specific energy, Wh/kg
534
Weights
Fuel Cell Module, kg
2,2
Hydrogen cylinder, kg
2,3
Fuel processing system, kg
0,4
Control module & wires, kg
0,6
TOTAL, kg
5,5
Dimensions
Fuel Cell Module, mm
235х220х124
Cylinder with regulator, mm
Ø148х600
Control module, mm
70х55х30
Basic characteristics
Rated Power, W
1000
Rated Supply Voltage, V
24…56
Runtime, min
250
Cylinder Volume, L
10
Specific energy, Wh/kg
646
Weights
Fuel Cell Module, kg
2,2
Hydrogen cylinder, kg
3,3
Fuel processing system, kg
0,4
Control module & wires, kg
0,5
TOTAL, kg
6,5
Dimensions
Fuel Cell Module, mm
235х220х124
Cylinder with regulator, mm
Ø185х635
Control module, mm
70х55х30
Basic characteristics
Rated Power, W
2 000
Rated Supply Voltage, V
24…56
Runtime, min
125
Cylinder Volume, L
10
Specific energy, Wh/kg
464
Weights
Fuel Cell Module, kg
4,4
Hydrogen cylinder, kg
3,3
Fuel processing system, kg
0,6
Control module & wires, kg
0,7
TOTAL, kg
9,0
Dimensions
Fuel Cell Module, mm
235х220х124 х2
Cylinder with regulator, mm
Ø185х635
Control module, mm
70х55х30
Basic characteristics
Rated Power, W
3 000
Rated Supply Voltage, V
24…56
Runtime, min
210
Cylinder Volume, L
25
Specific energy, Wh/kg
678
Weights
Fuel Cell Module, kg
6,6
Hydrogen cylinder, kg
7,3
Fuel processing system, kg
0,7
Control module & wires, kg
0,9
TOTAL, kg
15,5
Dimensions
Fuel Cell Module, mm
235х220х124 х3
Cylinder with regulator, mm
Ø380х480
Control module, mm
70х55х30
Note: The characteristics above might be adjusted by customer requirement
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Сomposition of the system (what it includes)
Fuel cell Module
Fuel Processing System
a cylinder, pressure regulator, valves, tubes etc
Control Module
Buffer Battery
and set of documents
Hydrogen Source
Globally

The strategic cooperation of BMPower and Linde Gas allows to obtain hydrogen in cylinders intended for use in BMPower’s fuel cell power systems. This makes using of unmanned aerial vehicles more convenient and safe.

In the field

Autonomous portable device for refueling hydrogen cylinders

Operational advantages:
  • Easy to install and operate
  • Compact, portable and lightweight design, easy transportation
  • Possibility to start the device in any weather conditions
  • Cartridge system (cartridge for one refueling for one cylinder)
Advantages
Technological
Catalyst with a smaller content of platinum provides long service life of the fuel cell, as well as the possibility to use hydrogen with purity lower than 99,999%
Indoor membrane doping allows to use "dry" hydrogen and to work at negative temperatures of up to -40F (-40С)
Engineering
Design of the lightweight fuel cell power system
Own automatic control system with the ability to stabilize the voltage in narrow range
Usage of lightweight cylinders 350 bar
Own unique pressure regulator with PLUG&PLAY function (quick replacement)
Customer service
Satisfying any customer requirements (power, size, voltage range)
Engineering/design support during fitting the system to a customer’s drone
Repair kit for in-field use
Strategic cooperation with Linde Gas (DE) for refilling hydrogen cylinders
Autonomous portable device for refueling hydrogen cylinders
The Advantages in Comparison with Li-po batteries
EXPONENTIAL GROWTH –
flying time and flight range,
weight of payloads,
specific energy
Specific Energy Intensity, Wh/kg
Li-ion battery
150
Fuel Cell
750
Flight Time, hours
Li-ion battery
0.6
Fuel Cell
4
Payload, kg
Li-ion battery
1
Fuel Cell
5
The Advantages in Comparison with ICE
High specific energy and efficiency
Neutrality to infrared temperature detection
Noiseless
Absence of the friction parts
Absence of vibrations
Operating temperature from -40˚ to 40˚ C
Long service life
Environmentally friendly
Technology

Hydrogen fuel cells transform chemical energy of fuel into power without utilizing low-effective, high-loss combustion processes and transformation of thermal energy into mechanical energy. As a result of highly efficient cold fuel combustion, this electrochemical device generates electric power. A hydrogen-air fuel cell with a proton-exchange membrane (PEMFC) is one of the most efficient perspective technologies of fuel cells.

A proton-conducting polymer membrane separates two electrodes, an anode and a cathode. Each electrode represents a coal plate (matrix) with catalyst applied. On the anode catalyst, molecular hydrogen dissociates and yields electrons. Hydrogen cations are passed through the membrane to the cathode, but electrons are yielded to the external circuit, since the membrane does not let the electrons to pass through.

On the cathode catalyst, the oxygen molecule associates with the electron (supplied to the electrical circuit) and the arrived proton and forms water that is the only product of reaction (in the form of steam and/or liquid).

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