publication . Review . Article . 2014

Fuel Cells: A Real Option for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Propulsion

González-Espasandín, Óscar; Leo, Teresa J.; Navarro-Arévalo, Emilio;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2014 Journal: The Scientific World Journal (issn: 2356-6140, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
  • Country: Spain
<jats:p>The possibility of implementing fuel cell technology in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) propulsion systems is considered. Potential advantages of the Proton Exchange Membrane or Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEMFC) and Direct Methanol Fuel Cells (DMFC), their fuels (hydrogen and methanol), and their storage systems are revised from technical and environmental standpoints. Some operating commercial applications are described. Main constraints for these kinds of fuel cells are analyzed in order to elucidate the viability of future developments. Since the low power density is the main problem of fuel cells, hybridization with electric batteries, necessary in ...
free text keywords: Article Subject, General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology, General Environmental Science, General Medicine, Aeronáutica, Review Article, lcsh:Technology, lcsh:T, lcsh:Medicine, lcsh:R, lcsh:Science, lcsh:Q, Fuel cells, Methanol fuel, Proton exchange membrane fuel cell, Propulsion, Automotive engineering, Power density, Environmental science, Hydrogen fuel, Electric Power Supplies, Methanol, chemistry.chemical_compound, chemistry
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