Intelligent Energy has recently revealed a new range extender meant for drones which are powered by hydrogen fuel cell.
The range extender helps drones fly for longer periods of time which will clearly have commercial implications.
In addition, the drones can even be refueled at a quicker rate in comparison to the methods we use at the moment.
To put it into perspective, the time of flight for drones is nearly 20 minutes on average.
Soon after that period, the batteries run out, and they require recharging or replacement.
This is something that Intelligent Energy means to overcome.
Julian Hughes, the Group Division Development Director and Acting Managing Director of the Consumer Electronics Division of Intelligent Energy, is confident about the potential of this new invention, “Drones are one of the most exciting new technologies.
Even with advanced batteries, their value is limited.
For commercial use, they need to offer better flight times and range.
That will all become possible with the release of our range extender platform.”
Intelligent Energy put together a battery with an ultra-lightweight fuel cell to make this range extender which provides many hours of flight time.
As a result, the fuel cell takes merely 2 minutes to recharge.
Intelligent Energy has continued to test drones using hybrid battery systems as well as fuel cells.
During such trials, the company was able to offer consistent energy to allow a camera that continuously records video without any breaks.
Hughes further added, “A longer flight time coupled with a quick re-fuel opens a broad range of new commercial possibilities for businesses such as drones for inspection of offshore platforms, search and rescue, high-quality aerial photography, precision agriculture and parcel delivery and more.
Given we also have the ability to tailor solutions to customer requirements, this could completely revolutionize the potential of drone technology.”