Proton Power in deal with L-3 Communications for fuel cells in defense applications

Proton Power Systems in the UK has signed a partnership and exclusivity agreement with US-based defense systems company L-3 Communications Combat Propulsion Systems (L-3 CPS). Under the agreement, L-3 CPS will market and sell Proton Power’s fuel cell power systems for use in propulsion systems, marine, and uninterruptible power supply (UPS) applications to the North American military and civilian applications markets.

Proton Power’s German subsidiary, Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH, is developing and deploying fuel cell modules that can be integrated with energy storage media to create hybrid fuel cell systems.

Combined with thermal energy conversion for use in UPS applications, PEM fuel cell efficiencies can exceed 90%. The combination and integration of this technology in modern propulsion systems offers an emission-free and carbon-neutral alternative to international combustion engines, with the bonus that the systems are ultra-quiet, and have a very low heat signature.

‘North America is a lead market for fuel cell technology,’ comments Thomas Melczer, CEO of Proton. ‘Together with L-3 CPS, we plan to play a leading role in that market.’

Proton Power Systems is developing and manufacturing fuel cells and fuel cell hybrid systems for motive and stationary power supply applications. Proton is gaining access to a broad range of markets through partnerships with leading OEMs such as Skoda Electric, in addition to contract manufacturers such as Deutsche Mechatronics.

Proton Power’s motive applications include forklifts, city buses, municipal utility vehicles, commercial vehicles, and ferries. Stationary applications focus on the UPS sector, where there is a large demand for mission-critical, grid-independent secure power supply in places such as telecoms stations, data centers, hospitals, and power substations.

Proton Motor has developed and deployed fuel cell modules that can be integrated with energy storage media to create hybrid fuel cell systems. Proprietary, intelligent energy management software balances the power output across the system to maximize efficiency and improve power delivery.

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