Game of Drones: Drongeno the Spanish solar hydrogen project for drones.

Game of Drones: Drongeno the Spanish solar hydrogen project for drones.


On October 1 a meeting of the Drongeno project was held, "Solar Hydrogen for Drones Autonomy", at the Automation and Robotics Center of the Higher Council of Scientific Research, in Arganda del Rey (Madrid).


The main objective of the project is the development of a power system for drone energy based on hydrogen that significantly increases its flight autonomy. The generation of hydrogen will be carried out through the use of photovoltaic electricity generation from assisted electrolysis with organic compounds, thus reducing the contamination of current batteries and batteries due to PEM and alkaline electrolysis. In addition, a new drone will be designed that will incorporate a fuel cell and a lithium battery, combining both energy systems.


The consortium is formed by Dronak, a drone company specialized in RPA solutions (Remotely Pilot Aircraft); the Instituto de Sistemas Fotovoltaicos de Concentración  (Isfoc), a company located in Puertollano belonging to the Grupo Instituto de Finanzas de Castilla-La Mancha, dedicated to research and development (R & D) in photovoltaic technologies, energy efficiency and smart sensors, and the Centro de Automática y Robótica del CSIC, dedicated to the R & D in control engineering, artificial vision and robotics. In this project, there is also the external collaboration of the consulting company AROSA I + D for the project management tasks.The project is funded by the Programa Retos Colaboración del Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades. In quDron we consider that the project is very valuable and that the concept of generating hydrogen through the use of photovoltaic energy once it reaches maturity will provide the industry with an advance in technological quality that will allow it to be more efficient at all levels, of course that it is also necessary that said project be carefully protected from the interests of global corporations that do not hesitate to truncate these projects if they see that they can affect their interests, not letting new ideas and concepts grow. This is a task of geoeconomic protection that is the absolute responsibility of the Spanish government.


Gabriel Bazzolo

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