This is not the first time I’ve mentioned AlumiFuel and their hydrogen on demand systems. In the past I’ve also talked about hydrogen powered submarines and hydrogen propelled unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
Now, AlumiFuel Power Inc. (API) has announced that it is working with the U. S. Navy to create unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs). During various parts of the BP Oil Spill crisis UUVs were deployed such as the iRobot Seaglider to gather information about how much oil was spilled in the Gulf.
According to the AlumiFuel press release, “The overall global UUV market is expected to reach $12 billion over the next decade, encompassing commercial, naval and other national security applications. This number includes $1.2 billion for the power systems, with $400-$500 million related to the fuel modules.
“API has been interacting with selected defense contractors in the design of novel energy generators (including superheated steam as well as hydrogen) to power U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and commercial UUVs and submersibles for over two years. In fact, apart from this Navy R&D contract, API’s technology for underwater applications has been incorporated into three other proposals to DoD customers by three separate major defense contractors. “
The AlumiFuel system is unique because it involves a chemical reaction among aluminum, water and a proprietary catalyst to create hydrogen in an easily swappable cartridge. The hydrogen powered UUV is but one of many specialty applications being developed in the hydrogen vehicle industry.