High-Pressure Valve for UAV Hydrogen Transportation

Simplifying the transportation of hydrogen cylinders for UAV fleet operators

Intelligent Energy, the market leader for UAV lightweight fuel cell power modules with its IE-Soar range, has added a game changing product to its growing UAV product line-up. The Pressure Tech CV414; a high-pressure, TPED and DoT rated valve enabling customers to transport full cylinders of hydrogen to power their UAVs.

Without this valve the transportation of full, UAV compatible, hydrogen cylinders is not permitted, which in turn has a significant impact on the time and cost required to complete an operation. This valve removes this issue and opens doors for many operational applications and service providers to realise the full potential of using fuel cell technology to power their UAV fleets

Andy Kelly, Head of UAV Product Development at Intelligent Energy, announced the news: “This high-pressure valve has been developed by Pressure Tech specifically to requirements set out by Intelligent Energy and its customers. We were keen to address issues hindering the wider adoption of fuel cell power for UAVs.

“We know our fuel cells are the ideal choice for UAV operators requiring longer flight time. However, it is important that we support with the peripherals required to get operational. This valve is a key enabler and will make it simple for our customers to get their full cylinders where they need them and ready to use.”

Intelligent Energy is now looking at how it can further support customers by ensuring they have easy access to full hydrogen cylinders. Andy added: “Now full UAV compatible cylinders can be transported; the next logical step is to get them delivered directly to our customers. We want it to be as straightforward as ordering barbecue gas and getting empty cylinders collected.”

The new valve is now available to order and is fully certified for use throughout Europe and the US.

The IE-Soar modules for UAVs are the lightest and most power dense available on the market, offering many advantages for commercial UAV users. Intelligent Energy fuel cells achieve three times the flight duration compared to batteries and their lightweight design means they can lift larger UAVs and carry heavier payloads.