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Protonex receives fuel cell orders

8th June 2018 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Protonex has received purchase orders from the US Navy to deliver 13 fuel cell propulsion systems for UAS platforms, the company announced on 4 June.

Protonex will supply a variant of its 600 watt proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell propulsion system for the navy’s Hybrid Tiger UAS programme. The company has previously provided PEM fuel cell propulsion systems for the Ion Tiger fuel cell powered UAS programme.

The Hybrid Tiger programme is being carried out by the US Naval Research Laboratory to explore new power system technologies for UAV propulsion. High efficiency fuel cells from Protonex, in combination with other technologies, are expected to enable greater endurance than the 26 hours demonstrated by Ion Tiger in 2009.

Protonex rugged fuel cell UAV propulsion systems enhance flight duration and range, while minimising audible noise.

Deliveries are expected in 2018.

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