The final tests of the Up Great "First Element" technology contest, aimed at developing environmentally friendly and energy-intensive hydrogen fuel cells for UAVs, will be held in July in the Moscow region, as the press service of the Russian Venture Company reports.
RVC is organizing the Up Great "First Element" contest in cooperation with the Skolkovo Fund and ASI within the National Technology Initiative.
The competitive task is to create and demonstrate the operation of a hydrogen fuel cell power plant for drone aircrafts with specified characteristics of average power (1.3 kW) and maximum mass of the power plant assembly (less than 7 kilograms). The key technological barrier is the achievement of the level of specific energy intensity of the source at 700 Wh/kg. In the case of overcoming the technological barrier of the competition, there will be created energy sources with fundamentally new characteristics that will multiply increase the time of unmanned aircrafts continuously in the air — now it does not exceed half an hour, as the message notes.
The prize Fund of the competition is RUB 60 million.
In total, 12 applications from engineering teams, commercial companies and scientific organizations from all over Russia were submitted for participation in the competition. Following the results of qualifying selection and full-time examination of competitive products, three teams reached the final: NaukaSoft (Experimental Workshop NaukaSoft Ltd., Moscow), BVS (Unmanned Helicopter Systems JSC, Moscow) and Politech (consortium of YuRGPU n.a. M.I. Platov, Skoltech and a company “Inenergy”, Rostov region and Moscow).
In July, the finalist teams will have to demonstrate their power plants in action: put them on the drone aircraft and launch into the air. The winner will be the team whose hydrogen-powered aircraft will last the longest in flight mode for at least three hours.