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Zero-Emissions Drone Powered by Cube Autopilot

By Mike Ball / 21 Dec 2021
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Hydrogen fuel cell powered drone

CubePilot and Doosan Mobility Innovation have released new concept artwork for a new zero-emissions UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) powered by the CubePilot ecosystem. This ecosystem currently features the Cube autopilot range at the core, with a variety of accessories and carrier boards developed with support from the drone community and industry.

Click here to view an animated poster detailing the drone design and specifications

In 2019, Doosan Mobility Innovation successfully developed and commercialized fuel cells for aerial applications such as hydrogen-powered drones. Continuing with the theme of eco-friendly technology, Doosan has now updated its DS30W drone with a Cube Orange flight controller. The drone is powered by DP30M2S, a 100% zero-emission and long-endurance hydrogen fuel cell.

The limited flight time offered by regular batteries is recognised as one of the main challenges in the drone industry. Doosan Mobility Innovation provides an optimal, all-in-one solution that incorporates hydrogen PEMFC (Proton-exchange Membrane Fuel Cell) technology that provides up to 4 times more energy than batteries, enabling 2+ hours of autonomous mission flight.

Hydrogen fuel cell operation

Operation of a hydrogen fuel cell

In a hydrogen fuel cell, hydrogen molecules are separated by a catalyst into protons and electrons, taking a different path to the cathode. The electrons go through an external circuit and generate a flow of electricity. Finally, the protons migrate through the electrolyte to the cathode, where they unite with oxygen and the electrons into water and heat.

As climate change accelerates, renewable energy and sustainability are becoming more important. Since hydrogen-powered drones generate only pure water as an emission, they are 100% eco-friendly. They can also be used for the inspection and operation of renewable energy plants, which will soon lead to the growth of the entire renewable energy industry.

The hydrogen fuel cell-powered drone with the built-in Cube Orange autopilot allows pilots to get more done per flight and also expands sensor compatibility.

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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
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