European Consortium Tests Long-flying Hydrogen-cell Drones

European Consortium Tests Long-flying Hydrogen-cell Drones

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Source: Thales

French tech firm Thales, Drones-Center and ZenT have teamed as much as demo a hydrogen-powered drone.

Organized to check industrial and operational feasibility, the demonstration is one other in a rising variety of drone tasks utilizing hydrogen cells to increase flight time.

“Drones utilized in skilled functions want to mix operational effectivity with the best ranges of flight security, with their vary capabilities and endurance as key standards,” a Thales spokesperson famous.

“Various propulsion applied sciences already meet these standards, however hydrogen gas cells are a very efficient solution to enhance the drone’s endurance because of the low mass and excessive power density of hydrogen.”

During the check, the drone reached the capability to fly as much as two hours with out recharge with a cell refuel time of not than a minute.

“Hydrogen drone expertise opens up new alternatives in functions equivalent to surveillance of delicate websites and army amenities. Equipped with ScaleFlyt operational security applied sciences and built-in into Thales’s Security Digital Platform, hydrogen drones will have the ability to conduct full missions drawing on high-reliability, inexpensive, simply deployable options,” stated Emmanuel Guyonnet, Drone programme director, Flight Avionics, Thales.

Researchers say hydrogen drones might sometime attain flight occasions of at the very least three hours whereas carrying payloads up 6.6 kilos, overlaying about 90 p.c of all web site surveillance and inspection use circumstances.

A Thales press releases provides:

“For the demonstration flight, the ScaleFlyt Geocaging resolution was put in on the drone to make sure regulatory compliance. This Thales resolution combines experience in robotics, safety applied sciences and authorized avionics techniques to ship extremely dependable flight containment capabilities for drone operations. Developed with help from the French civil aviation authority (DGAC), ScaleFlyt Geocaging ensures that the drone stays in a delegated space all through the flight.”

Hydrogen drones take flight

In April, South Korean drone firm Doosan Mobility Innovation (DMI) inked an agreement with Dutch authorities company NHN (Development Agency Noord-Holland Noord, NHN) to check hydrogen drones offshore options together with supply, marine monitoring, and search and rescue. In 2020, public-safety drone consultancy Skyfire Consulting introduced a partnership with Doosan and hydrogen-fuel service supplier ReadyH2 to deal with a pipeline-inspection undertaking for an unnamed American firm. Doosan deploys a hydrogen-powered octocopter with a hydrogen-powered generator fueling two hours of flight time per mission over practically 50 miles.

UAV-services supplier Robotic Skies final 12 months joined forces with UK fuel-cell startup Intelligent Energy to supply expanded, post-sale help for drone gas cells. Intelligent Energy manufactures very mild, power-dense hydrogen gas cells used for a lot of drone functions, particularly tasks requiring longer flight occasions, like drone delivery.

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