Hydrogenics of Mississauga has been picked by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to provide a next generation lunar mobility power system. Lunar mobility systems is one of the key technology areas the CSA has targeted going forward. Mobility systems would be one area of expertise the CSA would provide to international partners in future moon exploration and is part of the next long term space place the CSA has yet to release.
The scope of the contract includes an electrolyzer that produces both hydrogen and oxygen using solar power and a fuel cell system to be used for mobility, auxiliary, and life support systems.
Hydrogenics has partnered with MDA, Routes AstroEngineering and the University of Waterloo for this contract. MDA which has already signed a next generation technology contract with the CSA will be working on the rover hardware while Routes AstroEngineering is a leader in space related solar power, instrumentation, and control systems and the University of Waterloo brings expertise on electric drivetrain modeling and energy storage optimization.
“Hydrogenics can provide a unique energy solution for next-generation space exploration, leveraging the power of hydrogen in terms of both energy density and storage capability,” said Daryl Wilson, Hydrogenics President and CEO. “As we gain market traction with commercial installations across the globe, development contracts such as this help refine and advance our technology — making hydrogen an even more attractive resource for a multitude of applications in the years to come.”
The value of the contract has not yet been released.