Wingcopter hydrogen droneWingcopter and ZAL GmbH Begin Joint Development of Hydrogen Power Source

by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby

German delivery drone company Wingcopter and ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research GmbH have announced a development partnership to explore green hydrogen as a potential power source for Wingcopter’s electric drones. The partners will also develop a sustainable hydrogen-based propulsion system, which will be produced by Wingcopter and installed in its delivery drones.

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The goal of replacing the Wingcopter 198’s power source with hydrogen is for the drone to become more powerful while remaining emission free. While the Wingcopter already achieves higher ranges and speeds than most competitors’ models, hydrogen propulsion could enable it to achieve even longer flight times and greater distances for delivery.

The Wingcopter’s modification project will take place at ZAL‘s Fuel Cell Lab in Hamburg. The…