Compact, Lightweight, Power-Dense, Integrated Fuel Cell System
Navy SBIR FY2018.1

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2018.1
Topic No.: N181-013
Topic Title: Compact, Lightweight, Power-Dense, Integrated Fuel Cell System
Proposal No.: N181-013-1089
Firm: Altex Technologies Corporation
244 Sobrante Way
Sunnyvale, California 94086
Contact: Mehdi Namazian
Phone: (408) 328-8303
Web Site:
Abstract: High efficiency and high specific power fuel cells are ideal for providing electric power, for UAS missions. In the 1-10 kWe auxiliary power range required for UAS applications, fuel cells maintain their high efficiency, while other power sources cannot compete. Altex is proposing to leverage its 0.25-l0 kWe proven fuel cell power systems, which operate on MIL Spec JP-8, JP-5, SPK and biofuels, to develop an Integrated Fuel Cell System (IFCS) for integration with UAS, which is scalable from 1 to 10 kWe and meet the topic requirements, including high altitude UAS operation. Under Phase I of the proposed project, design and bench scale testing will be utilized, to show the feasibility of the approach. The Phase I work will be the basis of a Phase I Option and Phase II effort, under which a 1 kWe prototype will be developed and delivered, for high fidelity testing.
Benefits: The Altex highly efficient fuel cell system is scalable, and can be applied to several military and commercial applications. These applications include military and commercial, air and group transportation, APUs, power generation, remote station power, and distributed power generation. These are large markets that represent a nearly 0.7 billion dollars opportunity.