ITM Power signs US Navy agreement

The United States Navy has turned to Cambridgeshire-based ITM Power to help it jointly develop advanced power systems for the next generation of unmanned undersea vehicles.

ITM Power, Europe’s largest fuel cell and electrolyser development company, signed the co-operative agreement with the US Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division which is based in Newport, Rhode Island.

The research involves dual liquid fuel cells, and will examine their durability, consistency and run-time characteristics. Fuel cells are more commonly powered by hydrogen, however dual liquid fuel cells provide a capability in non-oxygen environments and involve the mixing of non-flammable chemicals which feed the fuel cell to create electricity.

The announcement comes shortly after ITM Power revealed that it had reached agreement with a subsidiary of Boeing to develop an environmentally friendly refuelling station for fuel cell-powered unmanned aircraft.