Ultra Electronics USSI Receives $1.2 Million Fuel Cell Contract for Unmanned Aerial Systems

Ultra Electronics USSI announces the receipt of $1.2 million contract award for D245XR and D350XR fuel cells for use in Group 1 unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Representing the most advanced solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) power technology available today, the D245XR and D350XR fuel cells provide UAS platforms advanced sensor capabilities, extended operational range and an excess of eight flight hours in the small UAS footprint.

 

Compared to traditional powered UAS platforms, those powered by the D245XR and D350XR SOFC technology can fly further and longer, as well as carry more mission-critical sensors with a much smaller logistical impression. Unlike internal combustion engine generators, which have large moving assemblies and a significantly larger noise signature, the only moving parts in a D245XR and D350XR are the internal cooling and air-delivery fans, providing an acoustic noise signature similar to that of a battery-powered UAS platform.

 

Patrick Allison, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for USSI commented: “The integration of our D245XR and D350XR fuel cells with Group 1 UAS platforms provides a significant strategic advantage to our ground forces in the field. The D245XR and D350XR rugged, lightweight portable fuel cells are the perfect power source for expeditionary UAS mission power. The use of clean and efficient propane fuel, which contains 10x the energy density of advanced batteries, allows the fuel cells to be operated anywhere in the world by locally sourced propane and natural gas fuel.”

 

Ultra Electronics USSI Fuel Cell Products designs and manufactures SOFC for back up and portable power. Our micro-tubular ceramic cell design allows us to offer compact and rugged systems that can operate in the most austere and remote locations.

 

To learn more about Ultra Electronics USSI Fuel Cell Products visit http://www.ultra-fuelcells.com.

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