April 28, 2022 • Paul Rodden • Season: 2022 • Episode: 110
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In episode 110, A new pairing between hydrogen fuel tanks and hydrogen fuel cells will revolutionize aviation. And a big award gets handed out to our friends at Syzygy Plasmonics. All of this on today’s hydrogen podcast.
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A new pairing between hydrogen fuel tanks and hydrogen fuel cells will revolutionize aviation. And a big award gets handed out to our friends at Syzygy Plasmonics. All of this on today’s hydrogen podcast.
So the big questions in the energy industry today are, how is hydrogen the primary driving force behind the evolution of energy? Where is capital being deployed for hydrogen projects globally? And where are the best investment opportunities for early adopters who recognize the importance of hydrogen? I will address the critical issues and give you the information you need to deploy an app. Those are the questions that will unlock the potential of hydrogen and this podcast we’ll give you the answers. My name is Paul Rodden, and welcome to the hydrogen podcast.
In a press release on March 29, HyPoint dramatically extends zero emission hydrogen flight range with new ultra light liquid hydrogen fuel tanks. HyPoint the company developing zero carbon emission turbo air cooled hydrogen fuel cell systems for aviation and urban Air Mobility announced on March 29, a partnership with Gloyer-Taylor laboratories an aerospace engineering research and development company to integrate GTL has advanced carbon composite BHL cryo tank liquid hydrogen fuel tanks with HyPoint’s fuel cell system. BHL cryo tanks have demonstrated a 75% mass reduction compared to existing state of the art aerospace cryo tanks that’s either metal or composite, enabling hydrogen aircraft and EVTOL makers to store as much as 10 times more liquid hydrogen fuel without adding mass. And so as a result, aircraft can travel longer distances without refueling.
HyPoint also announced that former GE Aviation and Rolls Royce engineering executive Umeed Ashtiani has joined the company to lead the company’s system engineering team and oversee the implementation of the tank technology. In a quote from Dr. Alex Ivanenko, founder and CEO of HyPoint reducing wait is the most important factor for enabling longer distance air travel with fewer stops to refuel. He says that their hydrogen fuel cell system offers better specific power performance compared with any other alternative available today, opening the door to short haul zero emission hydrogen flight and urban air mobility. This partnership with GTL goes even further by offering aircraft and E VTOL Makers a liquid hydrogen tank that is stronger and lighter than anything else on the market, thereby significantly increasing fuel capacity.
By utilizing this new fuel tank technology longer haul aircraft may be able to utilize hydrogen for the first time. While e VTOL. makers can effectively multiply their flight range and operational time. He continues that they’re excited to be working with GTL to offer superior alternative power sources and accelerate the adoption of zero emission hydrogen across the aviation industry. GTL specializes in developing advanced composite prototypes and technologies for aerospace and has won numerous development contracts with NASA Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency or DARPA, the United States Air Force and others. GTL incorporates many polymer composite manufacturing processes, including filament winding hand layup and fiber placement to produce composite components. Detail has fabricated and tested multiple BHL cryo tanks at a range of scales and have demonstrated to be leak tight even after repeated cryo thermal pressure cycles.
This technology has achieved TRL five plus and is compatible with a variety of cryogenic propellants including liquid oxygen, liquid methane, and liquid hydrogen. And so as an example, one of their tanks, which measures 2.4 meters long, with a 1.2 meter diameter weighs in at 12 kilograms, or roughly 26 pounds. When a skirt and vacuum door shell are added, the total system weight is about 67 kilograms. This particular tank system can hold over 150 kilograms of liquid hydrogen, giving you a hydrogen storage ratio of at least 50%, which is the weight of stored hydrogen relative to the total system weight, which is as much as 10 times greater than the current state of the art fuel tanks and aircraft equipped with GTL door tank technology could achieve as much as four times the range of a conventional aircraft using aviation fuel, cutting the aircraft operating costs by an estimated 50% on $1 per passenger mile basis.
And in a quote from Sergei Shubenkov, Co-founder and Head of R&D at HyPoint, he says based on our internal analysis of aDe Havilland Canada Dash 8 Q300, which seats 50 to 56 passengers, the standard PW123B engine would typically support a range of 1,558 kilometers. By implementing HyPoint’s system and a standard liquid hydrogen tank, the same aircraft could achieve five hours of flight time or a max range of 2,640 kilometers. With GTL’s tank, it could fly for 8.5 hours or a max range of 4,488 kilometers, indicating that this aircraft could fly three times further with zero emissions by using HyPoint and GTL compared with conventional aviation fuel, and that’s the difference between this plane going from New York to Chicago with high carbon emissions versus New York to San Francisco with zero emissions. And lastly, in a quote from Paul Gloyer, the President and CEO of GTL, similar to the carbon fiber that’s used in racing bikes, their carbon composite technology adds strength and durability, while significantly reducing weight.
With BHL cryo tanks. larger aircraft, such as jumbo jets will be able to utilize hydrogen fuel for cross country flights at least a decade earlier than expected. Similarly, ie VTOL. And drone makers can significantly extend their range and or flight time, opening new markets and opportunities. HyPoint is pioneering hydrogen fuel cell technology. And GTL is excited to be working toward a shared vision for zero emission hydrogen aviation. Okay, so a really big press release from HyPoint that’s really not getting as much press as I think it should. Because ultimately, these two companies joining up to really effectively revolutionize even more so not just traditional aviation propulsion, but also leapfrogging the estimates that everyone had set out for hydrogen propulsion and aviation. And one quick note before I continue, I’m going to be sitting down with Alex Ivanenko. This week, and talk to him about HyPoint, their technology and his thoughts on the hydrogen future. He’s really a fun guy to talk hydrogen with and the technology that HyPoint has coming out really is revolutionary. So keep your ears peeled in the coming weeks for that interview.
And lastly, I wanted to give a quick shout out to our friends over at Syzygy Plasmonics as they were named the most outstanding venture among commercialization stage startups at the 2022 NREL Industry Growth Forum. Syzygy Plasmonics was recently recognized by the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory or enroll at their 2022 Industry Growth Forum IGF held April 12. Through the 14th in Denver, Colorado. Syzygy earned the outstanding venture award for startups in the commercialization stage. Syzygy was among 40 finalists selected from over 150 applicants to pitch innovative technologies at the forum. Trevor Best CEO of Syzygy plasmonics introduced the company’s breakthrough photo reactor technology, two attending investors, fellow innovators and industry representatives. Syzygy is commercializing a completely new type of chemical reactor that uses light instead of heat to drive chemical reactions.
It eliminates the need to burn hydrocarbons to power common chemical reactions and replaces that combustion with light from LEDs and renewable electricity. According to Trevor Best, we are electrifying chemical manufacturing. This gives industry a low or zero emissions affordable path for continuing to produce materials we use every day, like fuel and plastic. He continues to say that their initial commercial offering will be a zero emissions hydrogen generator that converts green ammonia to hydrogen and nitrogen using renewable electricity regarding the forum Trevor continue to say that it was inspiring to learn about all of these new innovations dedicated to fighting climate change.
And to come away as a winner is huge for them. Especially considering all the great presentations from the elite clean tech startups. He says that it’s validation to their investors. It’s a huge compliment to the Syzygy team, and all the hard work that they’ve done. This is proof that they’re on the right track to decarbonizing the future. Okay, so a huge congratulations to the Syzygy team. You’ve put a lot of hard work and time and effort into your technology, and it’s really beginning to show. Great job, everyone.
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