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HyPoint Dramatically Extends Zero-Emission Hydrogen Flight Range With New Ultralight Liquid Hydrogen Fuel Tanks

By March 29, 2022 5   min read  (853 words)

March 29, 2022 |

Fuel Cells Works, HyPoint Dramatically Extends Zero-Emission Hydrogen Flight Range With New Ultralight Liquid Hydrogen Fuel Tanks

NASA Award-Winning Hydrogen Fuel Cell Pioneer Has Partnered With Hydrogen Tank Maker Gloyer-Taylor Laboratories; New Graphite Fiber Tanks Offer Unprecedented Liquid Hydrogen Storage — As Much As 10x More Capacity Compared With Existing Fuel Tanks

MENLO PARK, Calif.,HyPoint, the company developing zero carbon-emission turbo air-cooled hydrogen fuel cell systems for aviation and urban air mobility, today announced a partnership with Gloyer-Taylor Laboratories (GTL), an aerospace engineering research and development company, to integrate GTL’s advanced carbon composite “BHL™ Cryotank” liquid hydrogen fuel tanks with HyPoint’s fuel cell system. BHL™ Cryotanks have demonstrated a 75% mass reduction compared to existing state-of-the-art aerospace cryotanks (metal or composite), enabling hydrogen aircraft and eVTOL makers to store as much as 10 times more liquid hydrogen fuel without adding mass. As a result, aircraft can travel longer distances without refueling. HyPoint also announced that former GE Aviation and Rolls-Royce engineering executive Umeed Ashtiani has joined the company to lead the company’s system engineering team and oversee the implementation of the tank technology.

“Reducing weight is the most important factor for enabling longer-distance air travel with fewer stops to refuel,” said Dr. Alex Ivanenko, founder and CEO of HyPoint. “Our hydrogen fuel cell system offers better specific power performance compared with any alternative available today, opening the door to short-haul zero-emission hydrogen flight and urban air mobility. This partnership with GTL goes even further by offering aircraft and eVTOL makers a liquid hydrogen tank that is stronger and lighter than anything else on the market, thereby significantly increasing fuel capacity. By utilizing this new fuel tank technology, longer-haul aircraft may be able to utilize hydrogen for the first time while eVTOL makers can effectively multiply their flight range and operational time. We’re excited to be working with GTL to offer superior alternative power sources and accelerate the adoption of zero-emission hydrogen across the aviation industry.”

GTL specializes in developing advanced composite prototypes and technologies for aerospace and has won numerous development contracts with NASA, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the U.S. Air Force, and others. GTL incorporates many polymer-composite manufacturing processes, including filament winding, hand layup, and fiber placement to produce composite components. GTL has fabricated and tested multiple BHL™ Cryotanks at a range of scales and have been demonstrated to be leak-tight even after repeated cryo-thermal pressure cycles. This technology has achieved TRL 5+ and is compatible with a variety of cryogenic propellants including liquid oxygen, liquid methane, and liquid hydrogen.

The pictured BHL™ Cryotank (held by Zachary Taylor, Vice President of Engineering at GTL) measures 2.4 meters long with a 1.2 meter diameter and weighs 12 kilograms (roughly 26 pounds). When a skirt and vacuum dewar shell are added, the total system weight is 67 kilograms. This particular tank system can hold over 150 kilograms of liquid hydrogen, giving it a hydrogen storage ratio of at least 50% (the weight of stored hydrogen fuel relative to total system weight) which is as much as 10 times greater than current state-of-the-art fuel tanks. An aircraft equipped with GTL dewar tank technology could achieve as much as four times the range of a conventional aircraft using aviation fuel, cutting aircraft operating costs by an estimated 50% on a dollar-per-passenger-mile basis.

“Based on our internal analysis of a De Havilland Canada Dash 8 Q300, which seats 50 to 56 passengers, the standard PW123B engine would typically support a range of 1,558 kilometers. By implementing HyPoint’s system and a standard liquid hydrogen tank, the same aircraft could achieve five hours of flight time or a max range of 2,640 kilometers. With GTL’s tank, it could fly for 8.5 hours or a max range of 4,488 kilometers, indicating that this aircraft could fly three times further with zero emissions by using HyPoint and GTL compared with conventional aviation fuel,” said Sergei Shubenkov, Co-founder and Head of R&D at HyPoint. “That’s the difference between this plane going from New York to Chicago with high carbon emissions versus New York to San Francisco with zero carbon emissions.”

“Similar to the carbon fiber that is used in racing bikes, our carbon-composite technology adds strength and durability while significantly reducing weight. With BHL™ Cryotanks, larger aircraft such as jumbo jets will be able to utilize hydrogen fuel for cross-country flights at least a decade earlier than expected. Similarly, eVTOL and drone makers can significantly extend their range and/or flight time, opening new markets and opportunities,” said Paul Gloyer, President and CEO at GTL. “HyPoint is pioneering hydrogen fuel cell technology and we are excited to be working toward a shared vision for zero-emission hydrogen aviation.”

About HyPoint

HyPoint develops industry-leading turbo air-cooled hydrogen fuel cell systems for zero-emission aviation, aeronautics, and urban air mobility. HyPoint’s NASA award-winning hydrogen fuel cell system features an innovative air-cooling and oxygen supply system to deliver unprecedented energy density and specific power performance compared with existing battery and hydrogen fuel cell systems. HyPoint’s lightweight, climate-independent, extended-lifespan system dramatically increases aircraft operational time and utilization rate while significantly decreasing total cost of ownership. HyPoint is backed by leading venture capital firms and has offices in Silicon Valley and the United Kingdom. To learn more, please visit hypoint.com.

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