The drone industry saw dramatic growth in the past year and is showing no signs of slowing. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that over 300,000 people have registered as drone owners in the US alone, as of January 2016, after estimating that 1 million drones were sold during the 2015 Christmas period. Outside consumer markets, drones also continue to find numerous, new commercial applications. In the UK, the police force will start using drones in high-risk situations.
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Today, we are excited to announce that Intelligent Energy has developed a prototype of a hydrogen fuel cell powered range extender for drones, which will be unveiled at CES 2016. The range extender offers longer flight time and fast re-fuelling capabilities, addressing two of the biggest challenges for manufacturers of battery-powered drones.
The ‘chicken and egg’ debate is common when discussing hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), what does come first: the refuelling infrastructure or fuel cell vehicles? Last week Intelligent Energy attended the opening of the first public hydrogen fuel station close to the M1. Owned and operated by ITM Power, the station produces its own hydrogen on-site via a wind turbine – and is a sign that both ‘chicken’ and ‘egg’ are developing together, and with good pace.