Hydrogen fuel cell technology is really an environmentally friendly solution towards a drone industry bottleneck, because it can provide continuous power for UAVs so long as the hydrogen is supplied continually. MMC hydrogen fuel cell H1-Fuel Cell is an evolutionary product that is tailored-designed to enable commercial drone for long endurance. H1- Fuel Cell, an environmentally friendly technology, will allow professional drones to flight for 2.5 hours to 4 hours – dramatically enhancing their commercial potential for applications like aerial inspection, monitoring, search and rescue, public security, precision agriculture, parcel delivery and so on.
Overcoming LiPo Battery Limitations
The H-1 Fuel Cell is a drone agnostic solution, compatible with MMC’s own widely adopted industrial drones as well as other commercial drones from manufacturers including DJI. Hydrogen fuel offers tremendous advantages over LiPo batteries. In addition to incredible flight endurance, hydrogen drones are able to fly in extreme conditions, stable in temperatures ranging from -10 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Farenheit) to 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Farenheit.) Hydrogen fuel cells are eco-friendly and pollution-free, and can refuel in under 40 minutes.
New Applications, New Opportunities
Most importantly, the longer flight times provided by the H-1 Fuel Cell open new opportunities for commercial applications. As flight beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) becomes more common in countries around the world, the long range drone applications continue to expand. The H-1 Fuel Cell has been flying off of the shelves to provide solutions for mapping, surveying, security and search and rescue.
In countries around the world, hydrogen drone technology is proving it’s worth: providing significant ROI for industries across the board. For the power industry, long range surveys of power line routes for vegetation encroachment not only save time and money, but can also significantly reduce the risk of outages. Transportation infrastructure like railways use long-range drones to monitor tracks for blockages or damage. Security and law enforcement agencies use drones with long flight times for border patrol, crowd control and other applications: offering a less expensive and more effective alternative to the traditional “boots on the ground” approach.
Common industrial applications like agriculture and mapping also benefit from longer flight times. Hydrogen fuel cells provide large scale farming operations with the ability to fly over large land masses from a central location, in order to determine which areas require work that day. Drone mapping opportunities expand to larger bridges, highway and other infrastructure projects – saving construction and planning companies in survey costs and development time while providing new and better data.
Knocking Down Technology Barriers
With the first hydrogen-powered drone, their innovative plug-and-play system of interchangeable payloads, and their family of complete and customizable drone solutions for a broad range of industrial and military uses, MMC is rapidly removing technology barriers that limit the commercial drone industry.
The hydrogen fuel cell is a very promising technology as a power source to prolong drones’ endurance. The technological innovation never ends, and MMC will still seek a greater tech breakthrough in the next generation fuel cell.