H-Cell 2.0 Hydrogyn fuel cell hybrid power-train for RC models

This might interest some of you.

A hydrogen fuel cell hybrid power-train for 1/10 scale model hobby RC. The H-Cell 2.0 can be connected to almost any RC platform and will provide continuous power to recharge the on-board batteries. Using this hybrid system it is possible to increase the run time of RC vehicles by more than four times!

When the solar panel option is included the HydroFILL and H-Cell 2.0 become a 100% renewable energy system. The solar panel also has the added benefit of making the HydroFILL mobile and HydroSTIKs can be refilled anywhere the sun shines!

Here is the PDF brochure they sent me: H-Cell 2 0 Brochure.pdf

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Comment by iw28 on September 20, 2010 at 3:21pm
Nice but probably very expensive?

Comment by crystal garris on September 20, 2010 at 3:25pm
looks cool , not much power though it could extend flight times . 30w/8v = 3.75 amps . seems like it would fit nicely into my techpod
Comment by Joel on September 20, 2010 at 3:39pm
Yeah kind of pricey. Here's what they sent me in the email.. But you also need to buy the recharging station. I think total is under $1500.(yeah out of my league)

Thank you for your inquiry. The H-Cell 2.0 ($500) is available to order and can be purchased at www.HorizonHcellusa.com using Paypal. It is currently shipping from China and is expected to be delivered in mid-September. Shipping will cost $50, bringing the total to $550.
Comment by James F. on September 20, 2010 at 4:29pm
They have a UAV version, but you have to be careful about the weight number they give. Often you'll find that these systems don't come anywhere near where they project and are infact still heavier than Lipo cells.
Comment by James F. on September 20, 2010 at 4:30pm
Here is the link to the UAV segment.
Comment by Joel on September 20, 2010 at 4:41pm
Comment by Joel on September 20, 2010 at 4:47pm
This page provides some flight videos using the fuel cell. Looks promising although pricy(but not as pricy as i thought)
Comment by Mathew krawczun on September 20, 2010 at 5:42pm
okay now understand this is coming from someone who loves the green movement and green tech....

hydrogen fuel cells are trash.

they will never be as good or even as Environmentaly friendly as simple gas engine running on simple bio fuels. these things are made out of rare metals that the mines of causes more problems for the world then it solves. even if they do fine away o use commen metals they still will never reach the efficiency of a gas engine.

they push fuel cells because they'll make more money then all of the other green tech out there.
Comment by Alex on September 20, 2010 at 5:56pm
There have been UAVs (rc planes) made with PEMFC's (this kind of fuel cell). Check out Ion Tiger: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/10/091013123350.htm
Just goes to show what kind of flight time you can get out of a Fuel Cell, a Hydrogen Tank, and a well-designed plane.
(try getting a 23 hour flight in that plane on gas)
Comment by Joel on September 20, 2010 at 5:59pm
I really don't care about green tech(I'm not against it), but I'm more interested in technology which will add to longer flight times and endurance and efficiency.

I'm not sure that i agree with you that this tech causes more problems than it solves, and I'm also not sure i agree with the following statement:

"they still will never reach the efficiency of a gas engine"

They said the same thing about electric engines, but recently I've seen a lot of buddies switch to electric because it is outperforming gas and less messy(and still getting even more efficient every year).

This fuel cell is not a solution to all of our problems, but it is definitely a step in the right direction and hopefully will spawn more research and competition.


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