Early production stage hydrogen generation company AlumiFuel Power Corporation, through its operating subsidiaries, announced it has submitted detailed specifications on a new PBIS-200 system to its U.S. Air Force Special Operations customer at their request.
The new system can be easily transported and rapidly deployed for launching 30g pilot balloons in remote locations around the world.
The PBIS-200 is a scaled down version of the PBIS-2000, which was designed and engineered to provide lift gas for 200g weather balloons, and which was delivered to the Air Force Special Operations Command in April 2012.
It generates 200l of hydrogen in less than 15 minutes using only one 32oz AlumiFuel cartridge.
As with the PBIS-2000, it operates at ambient pressure and low temperatures, and is housed in a ruggedised Hardigg case, but with the reduced size of the unit, the new system would weigh only about 50 pounds.
The current weather balloon lift gas market is pegged at $200m per year, and encompasses military and meteorological users worldwide.
Traditionally, helium has been used as the primary lift gas for weather balloons, but with the increasing scarcity and cost of helium, users are rapidly switching to hydrogen, and the Company’s PBIS family is far more mobile, safe, and cost effective than other on-site hydrogen generation systems.
The company’s Chief Technology Officer, John Boyle, said, “We are confident that the new PBIS-200 will meet the unique needs of our Air Force customer as well as those of meteorological users worldwide.”