In July, the final tests of the Up Great technology competition “The First Element” will be held in Moscow region. The competition is aimed at developing environmentally friendly and energy-intensive hydrogen fuel cells for unmanned aerial vehicles. 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. The prize Fund of the competition is 60 million rubles.
RVC is organizing the Up Great “The 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 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. The prize Fund of the competition is 60 million rubles.
Up Great is the largest technology contests in terms of the prize pool in Russia. Competition mechanics are designed on the model of prestigious international competitions XPrize, Darpa Grand Challenge, etc. Participants are suggested to find solutions to the most complex technological problems that the world has not had solutions yet. The winning team, which has overcome the global technological barrier, receives a large cash prize — up to 200 million rubles. — for the demonstration of a clear and repeatable decision of a competitive task to experts, the jury and the general public. In 2018, the first Up Great contests started: “Winter City” and “The First Element” The operator of Up Great technological contests — RVC. Co-organizers are ASI and the Skolkovo Fund.