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Microtubular Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Power System developement and integration into a Mini-UAV

Microtubular Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Power System developement and integration into a Mini-UAV

Objective

SUAV aims to design, optimise and build a 100-200W mSOFC stack, and to integrate it into a hybrid power system comprising the mSOFC stack and a battery. Additional components of the system are a fuel processor to generate reformate gas from propane and other electrical, mechanical and control balance of plant (BoP).

All these components will be constituents of an entire fuel cell power generator which will first be tested in the lab and, after further optimisation and miniaturisation, in a mini UAV platform. SUAV is primarily aiming at platforms like the CopterCity UAV platform from Survey Copter (France) but will consider other options (in particular fixed wing vehicles) too.

Propane was chosen as the fuel due to its superior energy density compared to hydrogen, whichever storage technique is used. The SOFC was chosen since it can convert reformate (i.e. CO/H2-mixtures) to electricity, as compared to other types of fuel cell that require very pure hydrogen, which significantly reduces fuel processing.

The design of the mSOFC power generator will be primarily driven by the weight and volume available in the mini-UAV. The project intends to optimise mission duration, while efficiency is of less concern. It will open opportunities for exploitation in other light-weight man-portable applications.
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Coordinator

HyGear Fuel Cell Systems B.V.

Address

Westervoortsedijk 73
6802 Eg Arnhem

Netherlands

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 437 873

Administrative Contact

Ellart De Wit (Dr.)

Participants (9)

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ADELAN LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 195 904

CATATOR AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 104 192

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 226 379

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 64 798

AIRBUS GROUP LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 177 629

Dr. Erich Erdle

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 189 534

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 226 408

ZACHODNIOPOMORSKI UNIWERSYTET TECHNOLOGICZNY W SZCZECINIE

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 84 861

SURVEY COPTER SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 401 940

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 278629

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2011

  • End date

    30 November 2015

Funded under:

FP7-JTI

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 796 031,02

  • EU contribution

    € 2 109 518

Coordinated by:

HyGear Fuel Cell Systems B.V.

Netherlands