Development of an ammonia borane-based power pack: An application to an unmanned aerial vehicle

Yongmin Kim, Yeongcheon Kim, Chang Won Yoon, Jonghee Han, Tae Hoon Lim, SukWoo Nam

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Abstract

A hydrogen generator fueled by ammonia borane (AB) was newly designed to continuously power an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for 57 min using a 200-We polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (PEMFC). The developed generator was demonstrated to produce 3.8 L(H2) min-1 autothermally employing tetraethylene glycol dimethyl ether (T4EGDE) as an additive. The H2-generator was integrated with a commercial PEMFC to construct a power-pack. Upon flight tests, a hybridized power management system (PMS) possessing the fuel cell and an auxiliary lithium-ion battery initially provided 500 We for take-off while the fuel cell supplied 150 - 200 We upon cruising. The effluents containing H2 were further purified using solid absorbents. To evaluate the remaining filter capacity of the absorbents, a real-time monitoring system was utilized. On the basis of these results, a viable reactor concept was discussed for long-term fuel cell implementations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEFC 2013 - Proceedings of the 5th European Fuel Cell Piero Lunghi Conference
PublisherENEA
Pages309-310
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print)9788882862978
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event5th European Fuel Cell Piero Lunghi Conference and Exhibition, EFC 2013 - Rome, Italy
Duration: 2013 Dec 112013 Dec 13

Other

Other5th European Fuel Cell Piero Lunghi Conference and Exhibition, EFC 2013
CountryItaly
CityRome
Period13/12/1113/12/13

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Keywords

  • Ammonia borane
  • Hydrogen power-pack
  • Unmanned aerial vehicle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fuel Technology

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Kim, Y., Kim, Y., Yoon, C. W., Han, J., Lim, T. H., & Nam, S. (2013). Development of an ammonia borane-based power pack: An application to an unmanned aerial vehicle. In EFC 2013 - Proceedings of the 5th European Fuel Cell Piero Lunghi Conference (pp. 309-310). ENEA.