RVC, the Skolkovo Foundation and ASI summed up the results of the collection of applications for the participation in Up Great technological contests “The first Element. Ground” and “The first Element. Air”. The prize fund of the competition will amount to RUB 200M, the names of the winners will be announced in 2019.
12 teams applied for participation in Up Great “First Element” technology series. Competitions are held as part of the National Technology Initiative and aimed at overcoming the world's most complex technological barrier. Participants have to develop hydrogen fuel cells for land and air transport, which in terms of efficiency can be compared with internal combustion engines and batteries.
Seven teams claim victory in the "First element. Air" competition. Five another applications were submitted for participation in the “First Element. Ground" contest. Among the participants are the developers of the Samara NRU (National Research University) named after the Academician S.P. Korolew, Skoltech, UrFU (Ural Federal University), D. Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia, representatives of companies “InEnergy”, “Unmanned helicopter systems”, “EcoTEnergy”, “RusNovTech” , and others.
As part of the competition, applicants will have to develop hydrogen fuel cells with given characteristics of power, energy density and weight, and then test them on multicopter and unmanned automotive platforms. The winner’s installation must stay in the air or on the track for at least three hours. The final of Up Great will be held in 2019. The prize fund of the “First Element. Air" contest is 60 million rubles, “The first element. Ground" contest — 140 million rubles.
As forecasted by Frost & Sullivan consulting company, the global automakers are about to launch more than 20 new models with hydrogen engines to the market by 2020. By 2030, the total sales of hydrogen fuel vehicles will reach 583 thousand units per year.