June 29, 2016 - Mont-de-Marsan, France:
EnergyOr Technologies Inc., a leader in advanced, lightweight PEM fuel cell systems for aerospace applications, has successfully completed the first-round testing program of the French Air Force’s Centre d' Expertise Aérienne Militaire (CEAM). The H2Quad 1000 verification testing was performed from June 6th to June 9th, 2016 at the French Air Force’s proving grounds in Mont-de-Marsan, in conjunction with EnergyOr. The successful outcome of this evaluation will advance EnergyOr to the next program phase as defined by the Joint Development Agreement (JDA) signed with CEAM in February 2016. This JDA serves as the foundation to advance development of optimized long endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) platforms powered by EnergyOr’s fuel cell system technology.
“Once again, our fuel cell systems have proven themselves in extremely demanding, real-world operational environments,” EnergyOr’s CEO, Michel Bitton, stated. “We are very proud to have satisfied the French Air Force’s first-round requirements and look forward to delivering positive results in the next program phase,” he continued.
EnergyOr’s H2Quad 1000 is a fuel cell powered multirotor UAV capable of carrying a 1 kg payload for more than 2 hours, effectively 4 times longer than any comparable platform. This verification testing is also believed to be the first time that a fuel cell powered UAV has ever been flown in France.
Small, electrical UAVs are a rapidly growing segment of the unmanned aircraft market and are especially suited to military applications. Battery powered UAVs have very limited flight times due to the relatively low specific energy (Watt-hours/kg) of existing rechargeable battery technologies.About EnergyOr
EnergyOr Technologies Inc. (2002) is a Montreal-based Canadian company that develops lightweight and compact PEM fuel cell systems for high value-added premium niche markets. Its proprietary technology is well suited for aerospace, portable and mobile power applications, or any other application where weight is a critical requirement, including automotive. EnergyOr develops fuel cell systems that are tailored to suit its customer's specific needs, collaborating from early in the design process, through to system integration and product qualification.
EnergyOr was the first and only company to fly a fuel cell powered UAV in Canada (May 2007), and in December 2007, performed the first ever fuel cell flights in Israel. In March 2009, EnergyOr integrated a fuel cell system into the Bird Eye 650 developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and demonstrated what is believed to be the longest endurance flight of this aircraft to date.
EnergyOr has achieved a flight of more than 10 hours with its fuel cell powered operational UAV, the FAUCON H2. The aircraft, complete with integrated avionics, executed a predetermined flight plan for 10 hours and 4 minutes, then landed autonomously just after sunset on Friday, August 12th, 2011 in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada. In February of 2013, EnergyOr also performed the first ever fuel cell powered UAV endurance flights in India.
EnergyOr offers fuel cell products including the EPOD line of UAV fuel cell systems, the EPAC line of portable auxiliary power units (APUs), the EDAQ fuel cell data acquisition & diagnostic system, and the HPOD hydrogen filling station. EnergyOr provides total system solutions including custom fuel cell stacks and balance-of-plant, hydrogen delivery systems, and complete system integration services.Contact Information:
Michel Bitton, President and CEO
EnergyOr Technologies Inc.,
Montréal, Québec, Canada
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