posted on 7:00 PM, July 6, 2016
Project Leader: Jeff Grant
The significance of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from airports and air travel is growing to meet increasing demand for air services. An important but often neglected component of the carbon footprint associated with air travel is from the myriad of specially designed “off road” ground support equipment (GSE). Ballard Power Systems, BAE Systems and Setton Consulting Group are conducting a technical and commercial feasibility study on bringing fuel cell-battery hybrid drive GSE to market to serve airlines and ground handlers. If shown to be feasible, this product would not only bring new ancillary benefits to GSE such as zero-emission operations, positional tracking and predictive maintenance capabilities, but would also provide a means of introducing fuel cells to an airside environment interfacing directly with aircraft.