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A Drone Powered by Hydrogen and Batteries Can Fly for 3.5 Hours Without Additional Refueling.

The MAVLab lab­o­ra­to­ry of the Delft Uni­ver­si­ty of Tech­nol­o­gy, togeth­er with the Roy­al Nether­lands Navy, has devel­oped a drone with ver­ti­cal take-off and land­ing using hydro­gen. The VTOL can fly for 3.5 hours and has a num­ber of unique char­ac­ter­is­tics that make it suit­able for mil­i­tary and mar­itime mis­sions.

The drone runs on hydro­gen and bat­ter­ies, which pro­vide instant impulse trans­fer to the pro­pellers for good maneu­ver­abil­i­ty and addi­tion­al pow­er dur­ing ver­ti­cal take­off and land­ing.

The drone is equipped with a 6.8‑liter car­bon hydro­gen tank with 300 bar capac­i­ty. From the cylin­der, hydro­gen is sup­plied at low pres­sure to an 800-watt fuel cell, which con­verts it into elec­tric­i­ty. The only emis­sions are oxy­gen and water vapor. In addi­tion to the fuel cell that sup­plies the engines with elec­tric­i­ty, there is also a set of bat­ter­ies that, togeth­er with the fuel cell, pro­vide addi­tion­al pow­er to the engines dur­ing ver­ti­cal take­off and land­ing.

The drone has a fixed wing and 12 motors, allow­ing it to fly hor­i­zon­tal­ly at high speed and land ver­ti­cal­ly on any sur­face. The drone weighs 13 kilo­grams and has a wingspan of 3 meters. It can car­ry a pay­load of up to 10 kilo­grams over a dis­tance of more than 100 kilo­me­ters.

Accord­ing to the devel­op­ers, the drone is the result of many years of research and devel­op­ment in the field of hydro­gen ener­gy and VTOL tech­nolo­gies, and the drone itself can be used for var­i­ous pur­pos­es, such as car­go deliv­ery, map­ping and res­cue oper­a­tions.

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