On October 1 a meeting of the Drongeno project was held, «Solar Hydrogen for Drones Autonomy», at the Automation and Robotics Center of the Higher Council of Scientific Research, in Arganda del Rey (Madrid). The main objective of the project is the development of a power system for drone energy based on hydrogen that significantly increases its flight autonomy.
The generation of hydrogen will be carried out through the use of photovoltaic electricity generation from assisted electrolysis with organic compounds, thus reducing the contamination of current batteries and batteries due to PEM and alkaline electrolysis. In addition, a new drone will be designed that will incorporate a fuel cell and a lithium battery, combining both energy systems.
The Drongeno consortium is made up of the specialized company Dronak, the Institute of Concentrated Photovoltaic Systems (Isfoc), and the Center for Automation and Robotics of the CSIC, dedicated to R & D in control engineering, artificial vision and robotics. It also has the external collaboration of the consulting company Arosa I + D for the project management tasks.