Women in Hydrogen: Rhonda Staudt

This story is part of H2 View’s monthly Women in Hydrogen series, created in partnership with the Women in Green Hydrogen (WiGH) network, which profiles women in the hydrogen industry. This month’s interview is with Rhonda Staudt, co-founder and Chief Engineer at HyPoint.

HyPoint recently shared the first glimpse of what its hydrogen-powered helicopter could look like and earlier in 2021, the company unveiled its revolutionary hydrogen technology for the aviation and urban air mobility sectors. As Chief Engineer, it must be exciting to be involved in these projects! Can you tell us about your role at HyPoint and in these projects?

Yes, it’s been an exciting year at Hypoint! We’ve made a lot of progress in developing our fuel cell technology for use in the aviation market. I’m responsible for the development of our high-temperature membrane electrode assembly (MEA), which you can think of as the “heart” of the fuel cell system that we are designing.

As the leader of our MEA development, I coordinate activities with our MEA partner, BASF, and work with our R&D department to identify the next breakthrough technologies that will further improve the MEA performance. You can read more about our recently-announced partnership with BASF and our joint plan to develop the next-generation osystem — which will exceed 3,000 W/kg of specific energy and meet the needs of narrow-body aircraft — on H2 View.

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