UK fuel cell maker signs first US distributor

UK fuel cell maker signs first US distributor

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By Nick Flaherty

UK fuel cell maker Intelligent Energy has signed its first US distribution deal with Parry Labs for its lightweight power systems.

The UAV Fuel Cell Power Modules (FCPMs) built in Loughborough, UK, are the lightest and most power dense available on the market for both commercial and military drone designs. The hydrogen fuel cell technology achieves three times the flight duration compared to batteries, while the compact lightweight design allows them to lift larger UAVs carrying heavier, more powerful payloads.

Parry Labs is a leading provider to the US Department of Defence and commercial aerospace companies, designing and deploying solutions ranging from advanced power systems, unmanned systems, edge computing, advanced antennas, and more.

As a distributor and reseller, Parry Labs has in-depth knowledge of the design and operation of Intelligent Energy’s FCPMs and can undertake complete engineering for both retrofit or new design applications. In addition, Parry Labs will offer Intelligent Energy in-field support and on-going operation and maintenance services.

“This is the fourth partnership announcement we have issued in the last few weeks, and I am delighted to welcome Parry Labs to our new, but rapidly growing, network of distributors,” said Lee Juby, Chief Sales Officer at Intelligent Energy. “We understand the importance of providing our customers with knowledgeable contacts in their region who can provide the necessary level of support required, as demonstrated by our other recent partnership announcements.

“Our fuel cell products are the obvious choice for customers looking to fly for longer and carry more. The compact size and lightweight mass make them ideal for endurance flights,” he said. “A retrospectively fitted 650W FCPM mounted onto a typical fixed wing sUAS drone could extend flight time to over 15 hours from less than five hours operation with batteries.”

Virginia-based Parry Labs joins Hogreen Air in Korea, RoboDEX in Japan and FES Fahrzeug Entwicklung Sachsen in Germany in supplying the fuel cell technology.

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“Parry Labs is excited to partner with Intelligent Energy in bringing disruptive hydrogen power solutions to the US Aerospace and Defence markets. We believe hydrogen fuel cells will provide our customers with superior solutions. This technology will revolutionize a wide range of applications, including unmanned aircraft, ground systems, edge computing, communications systems, and maritime systems,” said John Parkes, Chief Executive Officer of Parry Labs.

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