French project to boost hydrogen fuel cells in aircraft

September 21, 2018 // By Julien Happich
HES Energy Systems, a Singapore-based developer of hydrogen fuel cells, is expanding into France to begin work on the first decentralized hydrogen infrastructure for autonomous fuel cell powered aerial vehicles.

The move is part of HES’ broader goals to introduce long range zero emission aviation powered by renewable hydrogen, the most energy dense element in the universe. Thinking big yet starting small, the same company that started introducing its range-extending propulsion technology to small drones several years ago, is now evolving towards manned aerial platforms, such as flying cars and inter-urban electric aircraft.

From its lab in Singapore, HES has spent the last ten years developing advanced ultra-light hydrogen propulsion systems that are up to 10 times lighter than batteries. Following a number of international experiments powering small unmanned aircraft for record durations, HES’ systems are now being scaled up to power larger manned electric aircraft, potentially revolutionizing aerial logistics and mobility – increasing their flight range while eliminating carbon emissions.

A subsidiary of H3 Dynamics, HES is part of the France-Singapore innovation link that continues to intensify between both countries. Last year H3 Dynamics set the tone by opening its European headquarters in Paris. HES is now following suit and joining forces with France’s world-class aerospace and hydrogen eco-system. As part of its set up in France, HES is announcing its partnership with France’s leading professional unmanned aircraft builder delair and ERGOSUP, a French start-up developing energy-efficient hydrogen production systems.

Derived from a broader 2016 French National Call for Projects looking to deploy hydrogen technologies into airport applications in Toulouse, HES’ partnership will focus on creating infrastructure around smaller-scale hydrogen unmanned aircraft.


Vous êtes certain ?

Si vous désactivez les cookies, vous ne pouvez plus naviguer sur le site.

Vous allez être rediriger vers Google.