Unmanned Systems News

Article: Hydrogen-Powered Drone Package Delivery

Published: 11 Nov 2019

Hydrogen fuel cell drone delivery

Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells for drones and UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), has released an article exploring whether hydrogen-powered drone technology is ready for commercial package delivery.

Read the article on Ballard’s website

Many companies are making plans to integrate drones into their operations as part of the future of package delivery, with potential advantages including reduced delivery costs, accelerated delivery times, improved logistics, and decreased delays due to road congestion. Major UAV manufacturers are currently designing delivery drones to meet the anticipated need, and the three main power technologies used in these drones are battery-powered electric motors, internal combustion engines and hydrogen fuel cell powered electric motors.

The article discusses a variety of points and answers a number of frequently asked questions. These include:

  • Drawbacks of batteries and internal combustion engines, and advantages of hydrogen fuel cells for drone delivery
  • Is fuel cell technology mature?
  • Is hydrogen fuel available, cost-effective and practical?
  • Is the fuel cell power system reliable in bad weather and at high altitudes?
  • Progress in UAV regulations and standards

To learn more about the benefits of hydrogen fuel cell technology for drone delivery, and the current state of the industry, read the full article on Ballard’s website.

Ballard Power Systems More Information Find out more about this article and explore the capabilities of Ballard Power Systems...
View Profile Send Inquiry Visit Website
Posted by Mike Ball Mike is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passions 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.

Keep up to date with the latest news and
technical developments in Unmanned Systems.

Sign up to the UST weekly eBrief

By clicking "Sign me up" I consent to my personal information being processed for the purpose of sending me the 'eBrief' weekly e-newsletter. See our Website privacy policy.