Innovative fuel cell propulsion technology enabling long endurance for small UAVs

Improving UAV capabilities on longer missions

Technological advancements in electronic UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) are advancing at a rapid pace. Their market uptake is low mainly due to their limited flight time as frequent recharging is required. In case of massive deployment of electric UAVs, handling and charging battery packs represents a logistical problem. This is why large aerial platforms or large UAV systems powered by internal combustion engines (ICE) are preferable on long missions. However, their price and their cost of operation are high. The EU-funded UAVEndure II project proposes a unique approach that is based on the combination of fuel cell and battery technologies.