New hydrogen fuel cell drone can fly up to 6 hours without landing

Wirth Research has developed a new VTOL drone powered by environmentally friendly, lightweight hydrogen fuel cells.

The question may arise: why do we need a hydrogen source of energy, when the whole world is rapidly "transplanted" to batteries? The main energy advantage of "hydrogen" is its higher energy density compared to lithium-ion batteries.

According to Taras Vankevits, CEO of HES, which supplies fuel cells, if a conventional electric battery is capable of delivering 200 Wh / kg, then its hydrogen analogue installed on the Wirth drone is 700 Wh / kg.

Such a high energy coefficient makes it possible for the drone to take off and land vertically and carry a weighty load. Its developers intend to load the UAV to the eyeballs with various sensors, high-resolution gimbal cameras, infrared sensors, laser rangefinders, thermal imagers and ground penetrating radars.

The company does not fully disclose the characteristics of the future car. However, vertical take-off and landing, combined with a six-hour flight resource and zero emissions, make it very attractive for inspection of pipelines, cables, in the interests of law enforcement agencies, during demining operations, as well as for the needs of mapping services.