Ballard Power Systems, a global provider of clean energy solutions and proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell technologies, has partnered with Unmanned Systems Technology (“UST”) to demonstrate their expertise in this field. The ‘Silver’ profile showcases how their fuel cell propulsion systems and portable battery charging technology can be used in a variety of unmanned vehicle applications in military, commercial and consumer markets.
Ballard’s subsidiary Protonex develops fuel cell propulsion systems that provide a powerful alternative to small internal combustion engines for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), offering improved reliability as well as very low heat and noise signatures. Protonex fuel cell systems are also ideal for deployment in ground- and marine-based unmanned vehicles in a wide range of surveying and monitoring applications, and are designated as EAR99 (Export Administration Regulations 99) compliant.
The Advanced Battery Charger (ABC) is a small, lightweight and rapid off-the-shelf recharging solution that senses the input power available and automatically adjusts charge rates. Four universal power bays permit versatile charging of a wide variety of military and commercial batteries, and four USB power ports are provided for charging cameras, phones, and other small devices.
The SPM-622 (Squad Power Manager) is a lightweight, compact, and rugged intelligent power management solution designed to withstand the harsh environments of military field use, directly powering virtually any man-packable military equipment. Six universal power ports permit simultaneous powering of devices and charging of up to five batteries. Two of these ports can power equipment at independently configurable 3–34 VDC, and a further three can power additional devices at nominal battery voltage.
The VPM-402 (Vest Power Manager) is a man-worn, lightweight, rugged power system that reduces the variety and number of batteries carried by warfighters during dismounted missions. It manages and utilizes any power source for commonly used military devices and recharges a wide range of military and commercial batteries. Four universal power ports permit simultaneous powering of devices and charging of up to two batteries. One of these ports can power equipment at independently configurable 3–34 VDC, and a further two can power additional devices at nominal battery voltage or at 5VDC (USB).
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