Gas Powered Drone
Battery life is so limited for energy consuming operation like drone flight. Today quadcopters or drones are designed according to the battery limit. However, drone enthusiasts and reviewers find that in future drone will require longer flight times hence some innovations are tried. In addition to produce better battery some companies have made a breakthrough by use of gas. The alternative power sources include sweet, sweet gasoline fed into an internal combustion engine. The Yeair, company who patented this innovation comes with an hour in the air with six and half pounds of maximum load.
Replacing drone batteries with gas system is not without risk such as combusting failure but some companies insist to develop this system since gas fuel promise far better flight times than any battery system existed for drones today. For example, Pegasus developed its GE-30 Range Extender system that is a hybrid gas electric engine plugging into battery terminal existing in most commercial drones. By this method, Pegasus promises two hours of flight times.
How does the Range Extender work? Essentially it has two stroke internal combustion engine fitted on drone and other complicated arrangements to make drone flying. Bear in mind that Range Extender doesn’t integrate with drone mechanically.
In addition to Pegasus, Top Flight Technologies from Massachusetts utilize gas engine connected to generator for drone’s battery recharging while on the go. In UK, Intelligent energy offers hydrogen fuel cell attached to battery and said that it can extend flight time up to two hours.
Despite with its high promise to extend flight time, gas fuel is not without problem. For example, commercial drone operators and EPA very concerned on pollution its create. A single gallon of gasoline according to US Energy Information Administration will produce almost 20 pounds of carbon dioxide. However, until better performance battery has been made commercially this gas fuel solution will seemingly awesome. In addition, a good candidate of battery which can power drone to fly up to 2 hours still in long journey to come, perhaps some decades.