Drones are taking over the world of technology, with companies and individuals using them for everything from capturing video footage to deliveries and much more. Many researchers have been working to develop unique new drone models that will change the way we work and consume. In particular, one of the most interesting types of drones is the hydrogen drone.
Instead of being powered by typical batteries, hydrogen drones use a fuel source of cells that produce hydrogen, which can keep a drone flying for a very long time. Currently, a major problem with many of the drones on the market is that they can’t stay in the air very long, and need to be recharged between flights, so you have to capture all the footage you need very quickly in order for them to be effective. Hydrogen drones would completely eliminate this problem by creating drones that can fly for as long as two hours. They would also be incredibly simple to refuel, so you wouldn’t have to wait too long for them to recharge before heading back up into the air.
Many military contracted companies have already developed hydrogen drones for their own use, but now commercial companies are getting in on the action as well. A group called Intelligent Energy recently rigged a DJI quadcopter to use a hydrogen cell fuel source, which is set to pave the way for future developments with this concept. Frequent drone users are very excited to experiment with this new technology, which could completely change the way they work and use drones. Although the commercial version of a hydrogen drone will likely be very pricey, the unique benefits that it provides will likely justify the cost for those who already use drones as part of their job or who are very involved hobbyists.
There are some very unique risks that come along with using hydrogen energy, such as the potential for internal combustion. However, with such a small, lightweight device as the drone, these risks are very minimal, and developers are looking to engineer the product in such a way that these risks are mitigated. The product is expected to continue to be development for at least another year, so we are looking forward to seeing how the hydrogen drone evolves and provides the potential for new drone uses.