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
Abstract
<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 ...
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free text keywords: Article Subject, Aeronáutica, Review Article, General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology, General Environmental Science, General Medicine, Propulsion, Power density, Fuel cells, Methanol, chemistry.chemical_compound, chemistry, Methanol fuel, Hydrogen fuel, Electric Power Supplies, Proton exchange membrane fuel cell, Medicine, business.industry, business, Biochemistry, Automotive engineering
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publication . Review . Article . 2014

Fuel cells: a real option for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles propulsion.

González-Espasandín, Óscar; Leo, Teresa J.; Navarro-Arévalo, Emilio;