Fuel Cells: A Real Option for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Propulsion

González_Espasandín, Oscar and Leo Mena, Teresa de Jesus and Navarro Arevalo, Emilio (2013). Fuel Cells: A Real Option for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Propulsion. "The Scientific World Journal" ; pp. 1-12. ISSN 2356-6140. https://doi.org/10.1155/2014/49764.

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Title: Fuel Cells: A Real Option for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Propulsion
Author/s:
  • González_Espasandín, Oscar
  • Leo Mena, Teresa de Jesus
  • Navarro Arevalo, Emilio
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: The Scientific World Journal
Date: 2013
ISSN: 2356-6140
Subjects:
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Navales (UPM)
Department: Aeronaves y Vehículos Espaciales
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

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 most cases, is also explored.

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Item ID: 33197
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/33197/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:33197
DOI: 10.1155/2014/49764
Official URL: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/tswj/2014/497642/
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 23 Apr 2015 10:30
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2015 10:30
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