Doosan Mobility Innovation, a subsidiary of South Korean conglomerate Doosan Group, has won two awards from the Consumer Electronics Show 2020 for its fuel cell drones that can fly uninterrupted for over two hours, the company said Sunday.
DMI received the best of innovation awards in the category of drones and unmanned systems, for pushing the limit of drones relying on the short lifetime of rechargeable batteries.
DMI is the world’s first company to successfully mass-produce fuel cell electric drones for commercial use and is the first to introduce such products in a full package.
Doosan’s hydrogen fuel cell drones are composed of the powerpack, a miniaturized, lightweight fuel cell system that maximizes mobility by utilizing PEMFC(Proton-exchange membrane fuel cells) technology, and drone frames that use the powerpack as main power sources. The specific model name of the powerpack is DP30 and the drone frame is DS30.
The DS30 commercial drone with a DP30 is Doosan’s fully integrated hydrogen fuel cell commercial drone solution engineered from the ground up to take advantage of all the efficiencies that come from hydrogen fuel cell technology. This drone is built for BVLOS(Beyond Visual Line Of Sight) applications and as a scalable tool for organizations deploying fleets of drones.
Its value proposition is very clear and simple – long-endurance flight. This world’s first fuel cell powerpack enables long-endurance flight of drones and long-endurance drones to increase number of applications, economical benefits, and efficiency. With eco-friendly technology that uses hydrogen, which is a clean energy source, this system has an overwhelming energy density (700wh/kg) more than three times that of a battery drone, enabling up to two hours of short flight time, which was the most restricted condition in the conventional drone industry.