Danish fuel cells chosen for world's first hydrogen powered aircraft  

Fuel cells developed by Jutland-based Serenergy will power the German Aerospace Centre's research aircraft Antares H2
Full cells developed by Jutland-based Serenergy will equip the world's first hydrogen powered aircraft Antares H2, which the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) plans to test in October, writes professional journal Ingeniøren (The Engineer). Serenergy is a spin-off company from Aalborg University that specialises in manufacturing fuel cell stacks featuring HTPEM (High Temperature Polymer Electrolyte Membrane) technology.
Josef Kallo, who heads the tests at DLR says: "Fuel cells have major potential. The flight in October when we test the Danish fuel cells is immensely important for our future programme. If things go according to plan, it will be a great step forward."
Serenergy CEO Anders Risom Korsgaard is looking forward to the test, which he will observe at one of DLR's test runways in Germany. "We reckon this is the kick-off for a long collaboration in supplying high temperature fuel cells. New markets for fuel cells are constantly emerging, but the aviation industry is one of the biggest."
The Antares H2 research aircraft has been developed in collaboration with Lange Aviation GmbH. Its propulsion system is based on the Antares 20E self-launching motorglider, which has been in production for several years. The aircraft has been modified in a number of areas in order to execute the shift from traditional aviation fuel to fuel cells. On its first flight in October, Antares H2 is expected to reach a height of 3 kilometres, while the pilot makes a number of planned manoeuvres. The aircraft will subsequently be tested at a height of 5 and 8 kilometres.
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