HyPoint, a growing expert in providing hydrogen fuel-cell propulsion solutions to all kinds of upcoming aircraft including long-range eVTOLs, has recently announced a partnership with Gloyer-Taylor Laboratories to greatly increase hydrogen fuel storage capacity on its partnered aircraft.
Image: HyPoint’s website highlights the types of aircraft that could use its hydrogen fuel-cell solutions
HyPoint has been working for several years to develop more advanced hydrogen fuel cells that focus on maintaining the weight and energy efficiency requirements for many upcoming aircraft, rangining from infracity aerial mobility aircraft to longer range eVTOLs and more.
Now, HyPoint has found a new partner in Gloyer-Taylor Laboratories, which specializes in making carbon fiber hydrogen fuel tanks that can store up to 10 times the amount of liquid hydrogen fuel as compared to existing tanks of the same mass. In particular, HyPoint envisions using GTL’s new advanced carbon composite BHL Cryotank, which have demonstrated a 75% mass reduction as compared to existing tanks. The new BHL tanks will be integrated seamlessly with HyPoint’s air-cooled aviation fuel cell systems.
Image: Zachary Taylor, vice president of engineering at Gloyer-Taylor Laboratories, poses with one of GTL’s larger BHL tanks, which only weighs 148lbs.
HyPoint has already established several partnerships with eVTOL aircraft makers and advanced aerial mobility developers, including XTI Aircraft, Bartini, McFly.aero, AMSL Aero, and Piasecki Aircraft, and Urban Aeronautics.
Said Dr. Alex Ivanenko, founder and CEO of HyPoint: “Reducing weight is the most important factor for enabling longer-distance air travel with fewer stops to refuel. Our hydrogen fuel cell system offers better specific power performance compared with any alternative available today, opening the door to short-haul zero-emission hydrogen flight and urban air mobility. This partnership with GTL goes even further by offering aircraft and eVTOL makers a liquid hydrogen tank that is stronger and lighter than anything else on the market, thereby significantly increasing fuel capacity. By utilizing this new fuel tank technology, longer-haul aircraft may be able to utilize hydrogen for the first time while eVTOL makers can effectively multiply their flight range and operational time.”
Why it’s important: With its significant achievement of decreasing fuel tank mass by factors of around 75% percent, Gloyer-Taylor Laboratories has made itself a highly appealing partner for any company aiming to create hydrogen propulsion solutions for aviation and new aerial mobility aircraft. By partnering with GTL, HyPoint, which is seeking to become an industry expert in hydrogen fuel-cell solutions for eVTOL, may be able to offer eVTOL makers greatly increased range and performance for their aircraft.