The ground breaking fuel cell: only slightly bigger than an iPhone-8
Researchers from the School of Engineering in Temasek Polytechnic (TP) have invented the world’s smallest and lightest hydrogen fuel cell – a world-beating accomplishment for Singapore.
Developed by researchers from the School’s Clean Energy Research Centre (CERC), in collaboration with industry partner Duralite Power, this patented fuel cell is 10 times smaller and lighter than commercially available alternatives, weighs just 880g, and can generate up to 1kW of power for various weight-sensitive applications such as drones, personal mobility devices (e.g. electric bicycles, e-scooters, golf carts etc.) as well as other off-grid power requirements.
This ultralight fuel cell has the highest energy density in the world – around 3 times that of standard lithium batteries – and can provide drones with extended flight times of up to 2-3 hours.
Fuel cells, which make use of hydrogen to generate electricity, giving off water as a by-product, is one of the key clean energy alternatives to traditional fossil fuels which may be harmful for the environment.
The School of Engineering’s CERC engages in research & development on clean energy technologies such as fuel cells, solar power, and energy management systems, among others, helping to keep the School on the cutting edge of technology.
Students from the School’s Diploma in Clean Energy also get to use the CERC, where they carry out research & development and execute their final year major projects.
The ground-breaking fuel cell is ideal for weight-sensitive applications such as drones