SPANISH HYDROGEN ASSOCIATION
INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE TÉCNICA AEROESPACIAL (INTA)
INTA is a Public Research Organisation attached to the Ministry of Defence, specialising in aerospace research and technological development, as well as covering R&D areas in the land, naval and defence fields. Its main functions include: the acquisition, maintenance and continuous improvement of new application technologies; the performance of all types of homologation and certification tests on materials, components, equipment and systems; technical advice and the provision of services to industrial and technological companies and public bodies; and the operation of space observation and communication stations.
INTA employs more than 1,500 people at its centres in Madrid, Huelva, León, Ávila and the Canary Islands. In turn, each centre distributes and organises its tasks in different areas.
The Energy and Environment Area participates in national and international projects on electrical energy production systems using fuel cells and battery storage systems.
INTA is present in international groups such as EUROCAE-SAE for aeronautical standardisation, with which it establishes the bases for future hydrogen and fuel cell regulations for aircraft. It is also currently the Spanish representative on the Executive Committee of the Hydrogen Technologies Programme of the International Energy Agency (IEA).
Main lines of business of the entity
Dynamic and durability tests, failure analysis and non-destructive techniques such as EIS to determine the durability of stacks (up to 30 kW), design, installation and monitoring of prototypes of energy systems based on hydrogen and fuel cells, mainly for mobile applications, both for transport (air, land and sea) and for portable and unmanned vehicles. INTA has its own CFD programmes for the study of hydrogen combustion.