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Doosan Focuses on Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology to accelerate UAV industry

With over 50 years’ experience in hydrogen fuel cells, Doosan is focused on the mobile applications of fuel cell technology, and they’re heavily investing in UAV applications to enable reliable long-endurance flight, accelerating the growth of the UAV industry.

Their first major project tackles every drone pilot’s biggest pain point: flight time. Doosan  Mobility developed hydrogen fuel cell technology in a small form factor to bring incredible flight times to commercial drone platforms. It is an emerging technology that has been placed in cars and trucks, and even used to power buildings.

What makes hydrogen fuel cells exciting?

First, they’re much more efficient than traditional battery technology, which for drones means significantly more flight time. So get ready for hours instead of minutes. Additionally, hydrogen fuel cells are also considered safer and easier maintenance than many gasoline or hybrid engines, which is traditionally the only other way you can get longer flight times over batteries. Another bonus, hydrogen is the most abundant element on earth, and hydrogen fuel cells are clean technology that produce no harmful emissions when they replace fossil fuels. The only byproduct of use is water.

So how does it work?

In simple terms, the purpose of a fuel cell is to produce an electrical current. Fuel cells are often compared to batteries because both convert the energy produced by a chemical reaction into usable electric power. Hydrogen enters the fuel cell from a tank, where it combines with oxygen. When the two elements interact in the cell, they produce very efficient energy, along with heat, like a standard battery, and small amounts of water, released as an extremely thin mist that doesn’t interact with the drone. Bottom line, fuel cells use simple science and an abundant natural energy source to make extremely efficient energy.

If you’d like to know more about Doosan’s hydrogen drone solutions, contact us today.

Harnessing Robotics for Autonomous Inspection with Percepto

Staying on top of a site has never been more critical or more challenging, especially when onsite presence is not always an option. At Percepto, they are leading the revolution in how vital infrastructure and assets are inspected and monitored. Inspired by their mission to empower the people responsible for ensuring operational continuity, safety and financial viability, they are proud to introduce Percepto AIM, the world’s first end-to-end autonomous inspection and monitoring powered by robots.

Building on years of successful implementation of autonomous drone-in-the-box solutions, Percepto AIM is enabling the remote operations centre of the future, with an end-to-end solution that takes care of everything, from allowing any user to request visual data and reports to automatic assignment of onsite ground and aerial robots for autonomous data collection, to analysis of all visual data from any source, to the delivery of actionable insights and reports, giving stakeholders what they need to see when they need it, wherever they are, at the click of a button.

Whether the job is preventing shutdowns, increasing operational efficiencies or handling emergencies, Percepto has you covered, enabling the remote operations you depend on and democratising the visual data you’ve been dreaming of.

We’re proud to be working with Percepto within Australia to offer their suite of solutions to deliver a new era of autonomous inspection and monitoring.

CASA approves Autonomous Drones to Fly Beyond Visual Line of Sight in Australia

Our partner, Percepto, recently received approval from CASA to fly autonomous drones BVLOS from a Remote Operations Centre in Australia.

The leading autonomous inspection and monitoring solution provider, Percepto is revolutionising how industrial sites monitor and inspect their critical infrastructure and assets.

The recent approval significantly adds value in the Australian market where many facilities are in remote locations. As a result, companies are increasingly introducing remote operations to manage, monitor and secure their sites.

High risk sites such as mines and refineries can now also benefit from the approval allowing them to better manage safety and environmental risks, while increasing productivity and reducing downtime.

Jackie Dumovic, CEO of Hover UAV has sited the approval as significant as drones lifting off in Australia for the first time.

“It’s a game-changer for how managers at critical infrastructure can inspect assets and monitor sites while gaining real-time insights based on collected data faster than ever before.”

To find out how your organisation could benefit from remote operations using BVLOS drone technology, contact us today.

Working across multiple industries such as mining, security, construction, agriculture and utilities, the C3 Drones & Robotics team is able to deliver solutions based on in-depth experience making the collection of your data as easy and automated as possible. Learn More.

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