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Project SUAV

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

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.

Project Information

Type of project : Research

Timing : 01/12/2011 > 30/11/2015

Project Budget : 3.796.031 €

Funding



Project partners

Coordinator :
HyGear Fuel Cell Systems B.V.

Partners :
CNR - Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
University of Birmingham

ADELAN LTD
CATATOR AB
AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH
AIRBUSGROUP LIMITED
ERDLE ERICH KONRAD
ZACHODNIOPOMORSKI UNIWERSYTET TECHNOLOGICZNY W SZCZECINIE
SURVEY COPTER SAS


Sub project(s)

1
Sub project 1
Country
Netherlands
Address
Westervoortsedijk 73 6802 EG Arnhem
Sub project categories
geo
51.9679982, 5.9441377

Project Id: 1100

This project datasheet was last updated on : 15.10.2018

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