BOTHELL, Wash., Oct. 14, 2014—Neah Power Systems, Inc. will be partnering with Silent Falcon UAS Technologies to integrate formic acid reformer-based Formira fuel cell technology into the Silent Falcon UAV. The fuel cell could significantly increase the mission endurance by between two to three times the current duration, as well as enable heavier payloads. Formic acid is a safe, energy-dense fuel, allowing easy handling, distribution, and refueling in remote locations worldwide, unlike compressed hydrogen.
The patent pending Silent Falcon is a solar/electric, all composite, modular small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) designed for commercial, public safety, and military applications. Silent Falcon’s solar electric propulsion system, rugged composite structure, and three interchangeable wing configurations make it highly suitable for long range and long endurance mission profiles.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Silent Falcon UAS Technologies. We are looking forward to this joint development of extending the mission endurance for their UAS,” said Chris D’Couto, president and CEO of Neah Power Systems, Inc. “The Formira technology uses a liquid fuel, and is a very attractive energy option as it does not have the low energy density, safety and handling challenges of compressed hydrogen.”
John W. Brown, Silent Falcon CEO said, “I believe the biggest advantage to having a Neah fuel cell on board Silent Falcon will not only be the extra endurance, but the ability to carry heavier and power hungry payloads. This is already one of our most important competitive differentiators and is what is attracting lots of folks to our products. Neah will also give us the ability to offer extended endurance at night, which is huge from our perspective. We look forward to integrating this technology into our UAV for a demonstrable performance advantage and the ability to serve an even wider range of markets and applications.”
Neah Power Systems, Inc. is an innovator and supplier of cutting-edge power solutions for the military, transportation and portable electronics industries. Neah Power’s long-lasting, efficient, and safe solutions include patented and patent pending PowerChip®, Formira® and the BuzzBar Suite® of products. Most recently, Neah Power Systems was a 2012 ZINO Green Finalist, 2010 WTIA Finalist, and 2010 Best of What’s New Popular Science Award. For more information visit www.neahpower.com.
Silent Falcon UAS Technologies was established in 2010 to develop patent pending, state-of-the-art small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, components and sensors for the global commercial, public safety and military ISR markets. The company is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For more information visit www.SilentFalconUAS.com.