Fuel cell gets a military twist

Hydrogenics Corporation has been awarded a contract by the Department of National Defence in Canada to undertake further development of its fuel cell technology.

Hydrogenics Corporation, a designer and manufacturer of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell systems, has been awarded a contract by the Department of National Defence Canada (DND) to undertake further development of its hydride-fuelled portable fuel cell technology.

The use of fuel cells for the powering of military devices has distinct advantages over conventional power technologies, including reduced weight and the ability to operate at zero noise and emissions levels.

This contract award follows Hydrogenics’ successful completion of Phase I of the project that involved the evaluation of a hydrogen supply subsystem and the design of an integrated, hydrogen-fuelled PEM fuel cell power generator.

Pursuant to the new contract award, Hydrogenics will build multiple 500-watt, compact power generators, designed to charge batteries and directly power applications in the field.

Hydrogenics’ proprietary chemical hydride system will generate and store hydrogen for the power generators.

The company expects to deliver the prototype systems by the end of the year.

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