Ballard Unmanned Systems, Inc. – a subsidiary of Ballard Power Systems, Inc. – has launched its FCair™ fuel cell product line, a complete long duration fuel cell power solution for commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).

The FCair™ fuel cell product line will be showcased at the AUVSI Xponential Annual Conference and Expo 2019 being held in Chicago.

“We have worked to focus on UAV propulsion systems on high value commercial applications,” said Phil Robinson, Vice-President and General Manager at Ballard Unmanned Systems.

“This year’s AUVSI Xponential Conference marks a milestone, with our display of the first fully integrated commercial multi-rotor drone or UAV utilising Ballard’s FCair™ solution, including the support components and systems that make this integration possible.”

“We see significant long-term market opportunities for zero-emission commercial drones, and eventually, vertical take-off and landing vehicles and autonomous flying cars,” Robinson continued.

BFD H2-6 multi-rotor UAV, powered by Ballard’s FCair™-1200 fuel cell system, undergoing field trials

Source: Ballard Power Systems

The FCair™ family also includes lightweight Carbon Overwrapped Pressure Vessels (COPVs), which are hydrogen fuel tanks based on recent advancements in the automotive aerospace industries, and lightweight pressure regulators which reduce the 6,000-psi hydrogen storage pressure to 20-psi pressure needed for a fuel cell.

“As the technology and markets matured, we have engaged with hydrogen safety experts from the automotive and aerospace markets to ensure that, as an industry, we are providing systems that are not only high-performance and easy-to use, but that are also safe from the ground up,” said Dr. Jim Sisco, Ballard Unmanned Systems Technical Lead.

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