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H2 Clipper Granted U.S. Patent for “Lighter-Than-Air” Dirigible Design, Advancing the Company’s Mission to Accelerate the Hydrogen Economy

By September 30, 2021October 20th, 2021No Comments

H2 Clipper, Inc. was granted US Patent 11,066,145 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The patent, entitled “Method and Apparatus for Lighter-Than-Air Airship with Improved Structure and Delivery System,” covers an improved structural and delivery system for H2 Clipper’s “lighter-than-air” airships, which will be essential to unlocking the global hydrogen economy. This is H2 Clipper’s seventh issued patent, focusing on enhancements over previous airship designs and operating modes, including improvements in the company’s novel exoskeleton structure, use of artificial intelligence (AI) in connection with airship controls, improved means for docking in high wind conditions, and integration of aerial drones for picking up, transporting and delivering package goods and other payloads.

This patent represents a continuation of the work that H2 Clipper began in 2008, when it filed for its initial patent, which issued in 2012. That patent, entitled “System, method and apparatus for widespread commercialization of hydrogen as a carbon-free alternative fuel source,” focused on the use of lighter-than-air ships for delivering green hydrogen and other cargo from remote areas where hydrogen can be most inexpensively produced from renewable resources, to places where clean energy is most needed. In addition to the company’s previously issued patents, it also has numerous currently pending U.S. and international patent applications. H2 Clipper is building a prototype that it projects to fly in 2024, with its initial full-sized units slated for 2027 if work now underway continues as planned.

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