All-Inclusive Hydrogen Fuel Cell Drone: Try It!

In this episode, the Roswell Flight Test Crew hears from Phil Robinson, the Vice President and General Manager of Ballard Unmanned Systems. In partnership with BFD Systems and a network of industrial gas suppliers operating as FCair, Ballard is offering an all-inclusive program to deploy multirotor drones powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Ballard and its partners will arrange for not only delivery of the drone and integration of the client’s payload, but also delivery of hydrogen gas and the systems necessary to re-fuel the aircraft – making for an easy transition. The company will even bring a hydrogen-powered drone to a potential client’s work site, to test the viability of a hydrogen-powered system versus conventional battery-powered drones. Ballard has a long history in working with Uncrewed Aircraft System (UAS), having integrated hydrogen fuel cells into more than 30 types of military drones. The company now hopes to provide this same capability for the commercial drone market: allowing a large multirotor to fly for an hour on a single tank of hydrogen.

22 Comments

  1. -][][- on June 2, 2021 at 3:21 am

    And if the Hydrogen gas procured for the customer/client on location is of too poorer quality and damages / ruins the fuel cell and/or the UAV, would confirmation failure was due solely to gas quality be a easy process and who would initially accept liability? Would Intelligent Energy repair / replace unit for client and take issue up with gas distributor? Or would the client have to wait until Intelligent Energy had recovered funds from distributors insurance company?

    Only asking because I have no idea as to the technical specifications of your cell and do not know the robustness / fragility concerning gas purity and any specifics regarding particular trace elements that may be incompatible, or not ideal, with your system and want to gain assurance that Myself, as a client, could be left with a very cool looking paper weight. Or coffee table centre piece….

  2. User Name on June 2, 2021 at 3:26 am

    I’m tired of this life man.

  3. Glenn Bryan Bacus on June 2, 2021 at 3:30 am

    193th Approved !!!

  4. Kon Tiki on June 2, 2021 at 3:33 am

    I always wondered how come no one has designed Hydrogen / Fuel Cell Airplanes. Especially considering compressed Hydrogen has much better energy densities than the best batteries available in the market today.

  5. CRACKLES MCFARLEY on June 2, 2021 at 3:36 am

    NO WAY THIS IS LESS THAN $5k

  6. Anthony Smith on June 2, 2021 at 3:37 am

    What a load of rubbish, only for the patiant with loads of cash. Also hydrogen is unstable at temp. Lol who is this guy kidding

  7. howlinwolfgangnester on June 2, 2021 at 3:42 am

    Why not inflight hybrid electric motor to electrolysis from water hybrid to boosted hydrogen. simply turn the ELECTRIC MOTOR propellers into drivers of a magneto/spark to combust the generated hydrogen from a water splitting circuit where the magneto initiates spark to hydrogen and oxygen gas to further boost power output. which could also be re-rooted to a generator to recharge the initial battery that was powering the electric motor propellers of the drone which magnets were hooked to each of the four blades which the magnets triggered the spark of the magneto in the hydrogen combustion chamber. i DESERVE A NOBLE PEACE PRIZE : ) If you didnt understand me then ask me and i will explain

  8. TheDroneGod on June 2, 2021 at 3:43 am

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  9. G on June 2, 2021 at 3:47 am

    H2 run time in reality is still higher than lithium Ion battery, but not the theoretical 3x energy density as marketed. Considering H2 system need to more & heavier stuff onboard just to do the conversion to electric motor, you don’t need to do that in battery powered drones.

    The only interesting thing is the "PEM stack" is getting smaller & lighter.

  10. Woot Woot on June 2, 2021 at 3:48 am

    umm..i need to know the materials used to make this..

  11. shannon newman on June 2, 2021 at 3:53 am

    Cool . Thanks for the info.

  12. Highteckhobbies on June 2, 2021 at 3:53 am

    these kinds of drones are created for border security or crop dusting not for the average person.

  13. 0 pollution - Unlimited Energy Projects on June 2, 2021 at 4:02 am

    They can make their own Hydrogen gas by solar power 500w per hours input. They only need to fill mini bottles, better than your risky bottles in transportation.
    Everyone can buy a pure hydrogen cell for $350 from Grece. The best one.

  14. DVF 1 on June 2, 2021 at 4:04 am

    Too much work and coordination to just fly the drone.

  15. UPRISING 144K The Hydrogen Man on June 2, 2021 at 4:04 am

    That’s Interesting, almost as interesting as Health applications for hydrogen. Type in Uprising144k and check out H2 can do for humans, it’s incredible!!

  16. Christopher Leveck on June 2, 2021 at 4:06 am

    How much does it cost?
    How much does it weigh?
    How does it work?
    How does it compare to……everything?
    A review of a new battery pack would be more in depth.

  17. -- on June 2, 2021 at 4:08 am

    how to make drones unsafe ? check above ^^^^
    Great Video though

  18. Pedro Henrique Carvalho Scursel on June 2, 2021 at 4:09 am

    I’m an internet programmer and I love technology in general, recently Ballard has caught my attention with his advances in fuel cell systems!

    Maybe in the near future I can get a cell like that. I am Brazilian from a coastal city and I have the dream of installing this on a sailboat.

  19. Aidid Rashed Efat on June 2, 2021 at 4:15 am

    The world needs more of this

  20. Miguel Boisvert on June 2, 2021 at 4:17 am

    Just have a bunch of lithium Ions lol you’ll get an hour flight time if you have enough😂

  21. Fish Santiago on June 2, 2021 at 4:17 am

    sooooooooooooo…. when is the Mavic line getting these?

  22. Effective Apps on June 2, 2021 at 4:18 am

    Can that one be used in Cities? Lets say to deliver something?

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