Fuel cell deal for UAVs in the Internet of Things

Fuel cell deal for UAVs in the Internet of Things

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By Nick Flaherty

Intelligent Energy in Loughborough, UK, has signed the deal with California-based PINC to supply its air-cooled fuel cell systems for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), its first sale of fuel cell systems for UAVs as the company commercialises of its technology.

PINC uses UAVs to identify and monitor hard-to-reach assets in the global supply chain. Intelligent Energy’s fuel cell systems for UAVs offer longer flight time, fast refuel capabilities and flexibility for varying payloads, addressing some of the biggest challenges for users. This is particularly evident in the commercial space where UAVs are increasingly being used for a number of applications including inspections, search and rescue and film and photography.

PINC will operate the fuel cell powered UAVs alongside battery operated UAVs as part of its inventory robotics offering, which provides real-time inventory tracking by air. The ‘PINC Air’ UAV allows companies to use drone technology with RFID sensors and cameras to significantly improve inventory checks. 

“I am delighted to announce the first sales of our fuel cell systems for UAV application,” said Julian Hughes, Senior VP at Intelligent Energy. “PINC is leading the way with the use of hydrogen fuel cell UAVs in the supply chain and we are certain they will be impressed with the benefits our fuel cells will offer over conventional batteries. We look forward to a long relationship with them.”

Working prototypes of Intelligent Energy’s fuel cell systems for UAVs were showcased last year at InterDrone.

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