Drone maker seeks UK fuel cells

Intelligent Energy of Loughborough has signed a letter of intent to develop hydrogen fuel cells for “a major drone manufacturer”, said Intelligent.

Intelligent Energy - Drone maker seeks UK fuel cells

“The deal will see the two companies work together in the first quarter of 2016 to develop technological solutions to increase drone flight time. The goal is for the deal to lead to a formal commercial arrangement for the solutions’ roll-out.”

The potential deal is a result of Intelligent showing light-weight fuel cell stacks developed specifically for drones at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month.

“The expectation is that a fuel cell could more than double or even triple the time a drone could remain airborne, although the exact improvements to flight times will not be known until the production drone is finalised,” said Intelligent Energy. “In addition, fuel cells would reduce the downtime significantly as re-fuelling takes a matter of minutes.”

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