Montreal, Canada & Mont-de-Marsan, France --EnergyOr Technologies Inc., a leader in advanced PEM fuel cell systems for aerospace applications, recently signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with the French Air Force’s Centre d' Expertise Aérienne Militaire (CEAM). This JDA will serve as the foundation to advance development of optimized long endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) platforms powered by EnergyOr’s fuel cell system technology.
EnergyOr’s CEO, Michel Bitton, stated, “This JDA further reinforces that EnergyOr is a leader in the field of long endurance UAV fuel cell systems and that our fuel cell technology is trusted for applications in real-world operating environments.” He continued by saying, “We are proud to have gained the confidence of such a prestigious military organization.”
ADC Etienne from COS (Le Commandement des Opérations Spéciales) stated, “I firmly believe in the success of this project which will pave the way to tremendous opportunities for drones in operational settings.” ADC Jan, project leader from CEAM continued, “The extended flight hours allow a novel approach to missions and, even more importantly, open the door to missions that were previously inconceivable. The total flight distance capability for a miniature drone has now reached 600 km – this has never been seen before.”
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.
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 was the first company to fly a fuel cell powered UAV in Canada, Israel and India, and has also achieved a flight of more than 10 hours with its fuel cell powered operational UAV, the FAUCON H2. EnergyOr has demonstrated what is believed to be the longest endurance flight of the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Bird Eye 650 to date; the world’s longest multirotor drone flight, a record of 3 hours, 43 minutes; the world’s longest multirotor drone flight in real-world operating conditions with payload.
With its very high technical and operational expertise, CEAM has become the aerial expertise and innovation centre for the French Air Force. The air warfare research & development centre has conducted experiments on all aircraft used by the French Air Force. CEAM has a responsibility to both the military and civilian sectors, thus the centre liaises between the operational field requirements of both the armed forces and commercial industry.