Boeing has flown the first manned airplane powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The plane was engineered at Boeing Research & Technology Europe in Madrid, Spain with help from industry partners in Austria, France, Germany, Spain, the UK and the U.S. The plane is a two-seat Demona motor glider with a 53-ft wingspan. Diamond Aircraft Industries of Austria built the plane to include a proton exchange membrane fuel cell/lithium-ion battery hybrid system that powers an electric motor coupled with a conventional propeller.
During three test flights in February and March, the airplane climbed to an altitude of 3,300 ft. After reaching cruising altitude and disconnecting the batteries, the pilot flew straight and level at a cruising speed of 62 mph for 20 minutes on power solely provided by the fuel cells. Boeing sees the potential to use fuel cell power for small manned and unmanned air vehicles.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.