Drones Rock Hydrogen Fuel Cells to Lengthen Flight Times

Drones Rock Hydrogen Fuel Cells to Lengthen Flight Times
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The recent surge in the usage of drones for both commercial and domestic purposes has greatly changed the drone production industry. Although numerous features have been added to drone development, for example high-resolution cameras, the main issue has been sustaining drones’ flight ability for long periods of time.

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This issue seems to have been addressed by the development of hydrogen propelled energy cells by Intelligent Energy, a UK-based firm specialized in hydrogen and energy production technologies (Popper, 2015). Intelligent Energy intends to attach a hydrogen cell onto an ordinary cell so as to increase the current flight durations of drones; approximately 20 minutes; to several hours.

Diydrones.com writes, “A hydrogen fuel cell is a device that converts hydrogen gas & air into electricity and water. Although these devices are much lower power density than batteries, they can pump out that power for many hours, depending on the amount of fuel you are storing”.

Tharlar (2016) notes that this technology has already been successfully tested by the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) on Raptor E1, a drone developed by Cella and Arcola. To test run the hydrogen technology on Raptor E1, SAMS used solid pellets that were warmed in order to discharge hydrogen gas. Popper, Owano and Tharler agree that this technology is a breakthrough in the energy sector because it can be test-applied on a wide variety of other appliances that operate on limited battery lives.

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