JBT AeroTech has teamed with InnovaTek and EnerFuel in the development of a fuel cell range extender for battery-powered airport ground support equipment. The multi-phase project is funded by a Department Of Energy grant through its Small Business Innovation Research Program.
JBT AeroTech said it will collaborate with InnovaTek, a fuel processing technology company, and EnerFuel, a fuel cell developer, during Phase I to establish the technology's feasibility to reduce the emissions and fuel costs of airport ground support equipment. The project's overall objective is to develop a fuel cell power system capable of converting Bio-Jet fuel to electricity for the on-board recharging of an electric vehicle's battery. Upon successful completion of the first phase, the project will be eligible for follow-on grants to develop, demonstrate and commercialize the product.
"JBT AeroTech is excited to team up with InnovaTek and EnerFuel for this innovative project which has the potential to make clean energy available for a wide range of aircraft ground support equipment," said John Lee, vice president and division manager, JBT AeroTech.