Electric Charging for eVTOL Aircraft Is Different From Cars
If you think you can model eVTOL aircraft charging based on the same systems used for electric cars, think again.
That is the message from Josh Portlock, the CTO of Electro, an Australia-based company that manufactures electric aircraft charging products. Portlock delivered his pitch at the recent Vertical Aviation Safety Team (VAST) conference.
Tulsa Innovation Labs partners to transform America’s heartland into a hub for energy technology startups
Tulsa Innovation Labs (TIL) began with a mission to build a tech hub that leverages Tulsa's strengths and to create inclusive opportunities in tech and sticky, long-term, high-wage jobs in the region. In a new initiative, TIL hopes to attract energy tech startups to the region with a $50 million fund that will offer early-stage capital, access to office space and custom startup support services, and a program to pilot new technologies with regional energy leaders.
IT’S A GAS, GAS, GAS
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SoCalGas' zero-emission initiatives are including Doosan Mobility Innovation's hydrogen fuel cell-powered drones.
Autonomous Drones May Be the Only Way to Monitor Floating Solar Farms
Today, leading autonomous inspection and monitoring solution provider Percepto revealed that it has successfully concluded a proof-of-concept (POC) for the observation of a 250 acre floating solar farm alongside the Electric Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT).
Event 38 Fuel Cell Powered Fixed Wing Drone: Extended Flight Time, Reduced Noise
Mapping drone manufacturer Event 38 Unmanned Systems completed a successful demo flight of a drone powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, at the Kent State University airport. The flight was the culmination of a multi-year project, initiated in 2020 with sponsorship by the Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN), a program managed by Parallax Advanced Research. Event 38 partnered with experts at Kent State University, Case Western Reserve University, the University of Dayton, and Wright State University to investigate the potential of fuel cells as a power source for drones.
Florida Power and Light and Percepto: Dronifying Florida, from the Floor of Xponential 2022
At the keynote address this morning in Orlando, Florida Power and Light and Percepto, the Israeli-based autonomous drone platform, took the stage to talk about the work that they are doing in Florida.
Florida Power and Light and Percepto are a partnership that is breaking new ground in the use of autonomous drone technology in the power industry. FPL uses Percepto's drones for disaster recovery, line maintenance, and more. This morning, Eric Schwartz from FPL, manager of the FPL Flight division, joined Percepto Chief Commercial Officer Ariel Avitan to talk about how they do it and what comes next.
ALTERNATE ENERGY: Electric Aircraft, Part 1
Finger Lakes Times
Billions of dollars are finding their way into the numerous startup companies that are now jamming the personal aircraft, air taxis or emergency flight for first responders markets. NASA, to my amazement, is working to take this industry to the next level. They are working with the most prospective products with industry leaders and merging that with public acceptance, which is a major paradigm shift.
NREL and Hyundai Supernal collaborating with LA to study aerial mobility
Green Car Congress
The exploration of airborne transportation and advanced air mobility (AAM) is the focus of a new partnership between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Supernal—an advanced air mobility company from Hyundai Motor Group (earlier post). Supernal is developing electric, autonomous air vehicles capable of accommodating four to five passengers with the intent to launch commercial flights as early as 2028.
Army Researchers Develop Breakthrough Sensors For Small Drones
At the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory, researchers developed a novel sensor and software application to detect and avoid energized power lines in the vicinity of unmanned aerial system, or UAS.
UAS help industry adapt to ‘new normal’
As industry and society in general come back on line after months of interruption due to the threat of COVID- 19, Garrett Scott, UAS coordinator for Duke Energy, said he believes "a lot of the things we're seeing right now, whether because of social distancing or the financial [aspect], are going to be around for quite a while after we move out of this mandated period."
NASA Small Business Partnership Prepares Drone for 30-Day Science Flights
With the help of NASA's Ames Research Center in California's Silicon Valley, Swift Engineering of San Clemente, California, completed a two-hour flight test of their Swift High-Altitude Long-Endurance (HALE) UAS. The applications of the technology – for science, agriculture, and disaster response – could have a real impact on our everyday live
7 Drone Stocks to Consider as the Technology Soars
There may not be many pure-play drone stocks at the moment but the list is growing. There are other promising investment opportunities to consider. Here are seven drone stocks to watch.
Integrating Drones into the New Normal
Commercial UAV News
As the world navigates a host of unprecedented challenges brought on by the coronavirus outbreak, we must look to new and innovative technologies for solutions. Drones must be part of the new normal post-pandemic.
How Drones Help Simplify Wind Turbine Site Development
North American Windpower
One solution for reducing time and costs associated with visually inspecting individual wind turbine sites prior to development is to use an unmanned aerial vehicle when conducting the in-person field review.
Utilities Weather Storms with Geospatial Data Technology
State Aviation Journal
As utilities respond to customers' expectation of network uptime, in the face of worsening natural disasters, they're investing in their power grids. By deploying remote sensors on drones, utilities are accelerating, automating, and amplifying their load analysis in a way that improves uptime.
Drones in the Power Industry: The Case for Resiliency
The power industry was an early adopter of drone technology, but in this insider piece Andre Louis-Ferdinand says that the sector continues to find new applications and new uses for drones – especially in these challenging times.
North Dakota’s unmanned aircraft coalition against the coronavirus
Grand Forks Herald
In this recent op-ed by SkySkopes president and CEO Matt Dunlevy notes we need to remind ourselves during theses unprecedented times of the silver linings: society is going to pull through this mess and we have things to look forward to; one of them is with unmanned aircraft systems.
BVLOS is Complicated—Two Companies are Looking to Change That
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Unmanned vehicle control expert Lockheed Martin Canada CDL Systems and Canadian UAVs, a Calgary, Alberta-based military-grade unmanned aviation services company, recently signed a memorandum of understanding to build a solution that could enable BVLOS unmanned operations in Canada and beyond.
Evergy shows KCC how UAS helps keep workers safe
Officials from Kansas electric-utility company Evergy Inc. presented a study session to the Kansas Corporation Commission on how their unmanned aircraft system program is making utility work safer and more efficient.
AI Raising Drone Game in Oil, Gas but FAA Challenges Remain
Natural Gas Intelligence
Breakthroughs in drone technology aimed at oil and gas companies, such as advanced integration of artificial intelligence (AI), have added urgency to the fight for regulatory gains with the Federal Aviation Administration. Drones, or unmanned aerial systems, are increasingly pairing with AI capable of analyzing data gathered from oil and gas infrastructure in response to industry needs. As a result, interest from midstream operators has grown.
FAA approves Kansas for first unique drone flight
Hutchinson (KS) News
The Kansas Department of Transportation received the green light from the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct a unique drone flight. This flight will be performed beyond the visual line of sight, meaning it will fly past the operator's ability to monitor it from the ground.
Ballard Offers Turnkey Fuel Cell Solutions to Power Commercial UAV
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Ballard Unmanned Systems, Inc.–a subsidiary of Ballard Power Systems, Inc.–recently announced the launch of the FCair fuel cell product line, a complete long duration fuel cell power solution for commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).
AiRXOS Receives Nationwide Approval for Multiple Unmanned Aircraft Operations
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AiRXOS, part of GE Aviation, recently received a unique and industry-progressive FAA Part 107.35 waiver for multiple unmanned aircraft operations (Multi-UA). AiRXOS' Multi-UA waiver uniquely allows operators to simultaneously fly any type of small unmanned aircraft at any Part 107 location nationwide, provided they meet AiRXOS' FAA-approved checklist of aircraft and location criteria.
Guide: Eight High-Flying Drone Startups Ready to Take Flight
Unmanned aircraft systems, better known as drones, have gained popularity in recent years. During the 2015 Christmas season, the Consumer Technology Association estimated that 400,000 drones would be purchased for the boys and girls who made Santa's nice list.
OSU’s Unmanned Systems Research Institute addresses drone challenges
Dozens of drones-in-development occupy benches in the design laboratory at Oklahoma State University's Unmanned Systems Research Institute. Drones with fixed wings that fly like an airplane. Drones with rotors that hover like a helicopter. Drones with tiny jet engines.