Fuel Cell Powers German Airplane | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 86 Issue 40 | p. 20 | Concentrates
Issue Date: October 6, 2008

Fuel Cell Powers German Airplane

Department: Business
Antares DLR-H2 in a simulated flight.
Credit: DLR

Last week, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), a government research agency, showed off what it says is the first manned airplane capable of taking off and flying exclusively on fuel-cell power. DLR plans a test flight in the next few weeks. The Antares DLR-H2's fuel cell relies on BASF's Celtec high-temperature polymer electrolyte membrane to generate power. Although DLR does not expect fuel cells to replace turbine jet engines any time soon, it is evaluating the cells for aircraft electrical requirements.

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