HyPoint is developing new zero carbon-emission turbo air-cooled hydrogen fuel cell systems for the aviation and urban air mobility sectors, the group has revealed today (Oct 8).
This is through a new agreement with BASF New Business (BNB) with the purpose to develop and test a new proton conductive Celtec membrane with stronger mechanical properties that can operate at higher temperatures and a higher-pressure differential.
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The new membrane-electrode assembly (MEA) technology created as a result of the partnership is expected to significantly improve the performance of HyPoint’s turbo air-cooled high-temperature proton-exchange membrane (HTPEM) fuel cell system.
Because of the membrane’s enhanced mechanical properties together with an advanced MEA design with gas diffusion electrodes, it is expected that it will significantly reduce the MEA’s weight while also increasing its durability.
As well as this, the new high-performance fuel cell system is expected to achieve more than 3,000 watts per kg, an increase of at least 50% over the current system, and become available to customers in mid-2024.
Dr. Alex Ivanenko, founder and CEO of HyPoint, said, “BASF has substantial experience in the manufacture and development of HTPEMs, MEAs, as well as the necessary chemicals and compositions for hydrogen fuel cells.
“Our collaboration will yield next-generation membranes and membrane-electrode assemblies that result in a significant improvement to our system’s specific power, durability, and operational temperature range.
“Together, these will satisfy the requirements of the air transportation market, including narrow-body aircraft. It will also enable us to increase our production volume to meet customer demand and continue to expand capacity.”
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