Nordic Unmanned AS completed a successful hydrogen drone flight with the fuel cell-powered Staaker BG-200 unmanned aircraft in Scandinavia.
Nordic Unmanned AS completed successful hydrogen drone flight
On Monday, Nordic Unmanned stated that the drone had been successful and that it was equipped with a 2kW customized fuel cell system from HES and a 7.2L pressure vessel with hydrogen at 300bar. The company hopes to have the fuel cell system as a “high endurance module” that can be installed on any fuel cell ready Staaker BG-200.
“This is a significant milestone for the project,” said Jørgen Apeland, R&D Engineer working on the project. “Hydrogen-powered aviation is a part of the future, and with the successful test flight today, we made an important step towards making it happen.”
The project that started in 2018 was carried out in the framework of an industrial Ph.D. program at the University of Stavanger and funded by the Research Council of Norway.
Nordic Unmanned emphasises that fuel-cell enabled drones can double endurance and operational efficiency and can prove to be essential in certain use cases where endurance and range are critical.
“This is a long-term research effort from Nordic Unmanned that aligns with our goal of establishing a strong community within research and development of unmanned systems in Norway, and to advance unmanned aviation,” Knut Roar Wiig, CEO of Nordic Unmanned, said, reports H2 View.
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