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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.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fuel cell

Call for proposal

FCH-JU-2010-1
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Funding Scheme

JTI-CP-FCH - Joint Technology Initiatives - Collaborative Project (FCH)

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)

ADELAN LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 195 904
Address
Wycherley, Tower Road, Ashley Heath,
TF9 4PY Market Drayton
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kevin Kendall (Dr.)
CATATOR AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 104 192
Address
Odlarevagen 10
226 60 Lund
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tihamer Hargitai (Dr.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 226 379
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Agatino Nicita (Dr.)
AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 64 798
Address
Willy-messerschmitt-strasse 1
82024 Taufkirchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Werner Lang (Mr.)
AIRBUS GROUP LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 177 629
Address
Wellington House 125 130 Strand
WC2R 0AP London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Matthew Maynard (Dr.)
Dr. Erich Erdle
Germany
EU contribution
€ 189 534
Address
Auf Dem Ruhbuehl 105
88090 Immenstaad
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Erich Erdle (Dr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 226 408
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
May Chung (Ms.)
ZACHODNIOPOMORSKI UNIWERSYTET TECHNOLOGICZNY W SZCZECINIE
Poland
EU contribution
€ 84 861
Address
Al. Piastow 17
70 310 Szczecin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Zdzislaw Jaworski (Prof.)
SURVEY COPTER SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 401 940
Address
Aerodrome
26700 Pierrelatte
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eric Georges (Mr.)