RIPPED UAV - Renewable Integrated Propulsion Power Electric Delivery for UAV's

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-13-M-2376
Agency Tracking Number: F131-159-0532
Amount: $149,839.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: AF131-159
Solicitation Number: 2013.1
Small Business Information
UltraCell LLC
399 Lindbergh Avenue, Livermore, CA, -
DUNS: 969321475
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ian Kaye
 CTO and General Manager
 (925) 455-9400
 ikaye@ultracell-llc.com
Business Contact
 Ian Kaye
Title: CTO and General Manager
Phone: (925) 455-9400
Email: ikaye@ultracell-llc.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
ABSTRACT: We propose a fuel cell / battery hybrid powered UAV, designed from the get go with electric power propulsion and controls. A unique fuel cell composed of a high temperature PEM with a JP8 reformer will provide cruise power and trickle charging to the batteries. Batteries will provide surge power to arrive on station in 2-3 minutes after initiation. The fuel cell will startup during the flight and take over power supply. The fuel cell will supply trickle power to the battery so that dash capability is retained. BENEFIT: Since this UAV will be fueled by JP8, logistics concerns will be alleviated and rapid refueling will be possible. An additional benefit is that as the aircraft consumes fuel, its gross weight will reduce thereby further increasing range. The RIPPED UAV will eventually find a foothold in the industrial surveillance market as well as in law enforcement and border protection. Compared to traditional battery powered UAV, RIPPED will have ~4X the mission duration. Ultimately, the hybrid power module could be adapted for other markets and applications such as APU in the industrial and leisure markets.

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