Ballard Power Systems’ subsidiary Protonex has secured purchase orders from the US Navy for the delivery of 13 new fuel cell propulsion systems for installation on-board its unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Protonex had previously been supplying proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell propulsion systems for the US Navy’s Ion Tiger fuel cell-powered UAV programme since 2006.

The company is now delivering a variant of its 600W PEM fuel cell propulsion system for the subsequent Hybrid Tiger UAV programme.

"We have been working with the US Navy for a decade to optimise our fuel cell propulsion system and deliver key benefits."

Protonex Unmanned Systems vice-president Phil Robinson said: “We have been working with the US Navy for a decade to optimise our fuel cell propulsion system and deliver key benefits, including long range, quiet operation, high reliability, minimal vibration and low maintenance.

“It is exciting to put our innovative design to the ultimate test in rigorous operating conditions with an important customer.”

Deliveries of the fuel cell propulsion systems are expected to be carried out this year.

How well do you really know your competitors?

Access the most comprehensive Company Profiles on the market, powered by GlobalData. Save hours of research. Gain competitive edge.

Company Profile – free sample

Thank you!

Your download email will arrive shortly

Not ready to buy yet? Download a free sample

We are confident about the unique quality of our Company Profiles. However, we want you to make the most beneficial decision for your business, so we offer a free sample that you can download by submitting the below form

By GlobalData
Visit our Privacy Policy for more information about our services, how we may use, process and share your personal data, including information of your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.

Protonex’s rugged UAV propulsion systems have been specifically designed to function in all types of environments and at high altitudes.

They are used by the US Department of Defense (DoD) to increase flight duration and range, while simultaneously reducing audible noise during operation.

The Hybrid Tiger UAV has been developed by the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and is primarily used to explore new power system technologies for UAV propulsion applications.

Protonex’s high-efficiency fuel cells are expected to provide the drone with greater endurance than the current 26-hour period that was initially demonstrated by Ion Tiger in 2009.