Hydrogen fuel cells promise to keep drones flying for hours
Intelligent Energy plans to debut its hydrogen fuel cell-powered range extender for drones at CES in January. The extender lengthens drone flight time by a few hours and reduces charge time to mere minutes. A prototype fuel cell for drones created by the company Intelligent Energy can last up to two hours in the air. The development marks a huge watershed for the recreational and commercial drone industry, the latter of which requires up to a few hours’ worth of flight time for general and basic operations. Luckily, Intelligent Energy’s hydrogen-fuelled drone has the capacity to stay up in the air for ‘several hours,’ according to a press release posted by the company via Businesswire. To retain this amount of flight time with a severely reduced re-charge period, the drone utilises a lightweight hydrogen fuel cell (technically a ‘hydrogen fuel cell powered range extender’).