Fuel cell powered drones film 2022 Sail Grand Prix

Fuel cell powered drones film 2022 Sail Grand Prix

Loughborough – 31st July 2022 – Intelligent Energy’s IE-SOAR™ fuel cell modules for UAVs were used to film the 2022 Sail Grand Prix this month.

Our IE-SOAR team headed down to Plymouth to broadcast the Sail Grand Prix with our hydrogen fuel cell powered Gryphon demo drone.

The hydrogen powered 2.4kW fuel cell module enables commercial operators to fly multi-rotor drones for 90 minutes with up to a 7kg payload. With the full drone staying under 25kg, complex operational regulations are avoided, which would not be possible on a battery powered drone.

Jonathan Douglas-Smith, Aerospace Business Development Manager said:

‘Flying at the Sailing Grand Prix was a fantastic way to further validate the benefits our IE-SOAR fuel cell technology can offer to drone operators. Previously operators at this event were experiencing 18 minute flight times with their broadcasting camera payload on batteries, however with the IE-SOAR 2.4kW fuel cell powering the Gryphon drone, they were able to achieve 90 minutes which meant the drone could be in the air for the entire broadcast window’.


About Intelligent Energy

Intelligent Energy is focused on the development and manufacture of its Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell products for customers in the automotive, aerospace, generator, telecoms, materials handling and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) sectors. The company is headquartered and manufactures in Loughborough in the UK, with additional offices and representation in the US, Japan, China and South Korea.