Intelligent Energy’s 2.4kW fuel cell power module (FCPM) has been integrated into UK-based ISS Aerospace’s heavy lift fuel cell-powered UAV, which has achieved a flight time of 100 minutes.
ISS designs, builds and operates cutting edge unmanned aerial systems for a wide range of international commercial clients active in a number of industrial sectors.
The company has now integrated fuel cells into two of its commercially available UAVs.
Today’s product launch joins the existing hydrogen fuel cell UAV product line from ISS and offers customers even more endurance than ISS’s Sensus 4 quadcopter, which integrates IE’s 800W FCPM.
The addition of Sensus 6, means that customers requiring even greater lifting capability and increased payloads, can now benefit from fuel cell powered UAVs.
Lee Juby, Chief Sales Officer at Intelligent Energy, said, “We know our fuel cells can deliver significantly longer flight time when compared to traditional batteries and ISS has now brought to market two commercial UAV products using our FCPMs.”
Ryan Kempley, ISS CEO, commented,
“The new Sensus 6 integrates Intelligent Energy’s 2.4kW FCPM and here we see even more impressive gains in endurance with 100 minutes of continuous flight time with an 8kg payload.”
“We were only able to achieve 25 to 40 minutes using LiPo batteries.”
“Having the ability to fly for such a considerable amount of time, whilst maintaining the multirotor VTOL format, opens up many possibilities for wide area and extensive operations.”
Kempley continued, “The benefits of fuel cells don’t end there for us and we have found the refuelling process of the hydrogen cylinders to be simple and quick, meaning we can be back up in the air in the matter of a few minutes rather than experiencing lengthy re-charge times that you get with batteries.”