TU Delft maritime hydrogen drone flies longer and greener

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A drone that can fly sustainably for long distances over land and water, and can land almost anywhere, will be able to serve a wide range of applications. There are already drones that fly using 'green' hydrogen, but they either fly very slowly or cannot land vertically. That’s why researchers at TU Delft together with the Royal Netherlands Navy and the Dutch Coastguard service developed a hydrogen-powered drone that is capable of vertical take-off and landing whilst also being able to fly horizontally efficiently for several hours, much like regular aircraft. The drone uses a combination of hydrogen and batteries as its power source. The first successful tests were held in one of the most challenging scenarios: from a ship sailing on the open seas. This also brings maritime applications within reach and represents a new step in making aviation more sustainable.

Period10 Nov 2020

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  • TitleTU Delft maritime hydrogen drone flies longer and greener
    CountryNetherlands
    Date10/11/20
    DescriptionA drone that can fly sustainably for long distances over land and water, and can land almost anywhere, will be able to serve a wide range of applications. There are already drones that fly using 'green' hydrogen, but they either fly very slowly or cannot land vertically. That’s why researchers at TU Delft together with the Royal Netherlands Navy and the Dutch Coastguard service developed a hydrogen-powered drone that is capable of vertical take-off and landing whilst also being able to fly horizontally efficiently for several hours, much like regular aircraft. The drone uses a combination of hydrogen and batteries as its power source. The first successful tests were held in one of the most challenging scenarios: from a ship sailing on the open seas. This also brings maritime applications within reach and represents a new step in making aviation more sustainable.
    URLhttps://www.tudelft.nl/en/2020/tu-delft/tu-delft-maritime-hydrogen-drone-flies-longer-and-greener/
    PersonsB.D.W. Remes, C. de Wagter

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