Whitepaper: Fuel Cell-Based Energy Systems for Commercial UAVs

By Mike Ball / 16 Jul 2018
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Ballard whitepaperBallard Power Systems, a leading provider of innovative clean energy solutions and fuel cell technologies, has released a whitepaper outlining the role of fuel cell-based energy systems in the propulsion of small commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Download the full whitepaper from Ballard’s website

The paper gives details of:

  • The limitations of current UAV propulsion technologies, such as batteries and small internal combustion engines
  • Design considerations for a fuel cell powered UAV, including fueling options and hybridization
  • Ballard’s PEM (proton exchange membrane) fuel cell propulsion module and the stages of a typical UAV integration project

The paper is illustrated with case studies featuring fuel cell-powered unmanned aerial systems such as the Naval Research Laboratory’s Ion Tiger and an augmented version of Insitu’s ScanEagle platform. To find out more, download the whitepaper from Ballard’s website.

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Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact