Europe’s first hydrogen-powered drone has successfully doubled its maximum flight time thanks to a cylinder from UK-based AMS Composite Cylinders.

The e-Drone Zero, launched by Estonia-based Skycorp back in January, is a long endurance quadcopter designed for the commercial market.

It features a compact, custom military grade frame, and is powered by a unique, air cooled hydrogen fuel cell module developed by Intelligent Energy.

The system is managed by one of the most advanced artificial intelligence (AI) operating systems around.

The extended range was achieved by swapping the original 1.5L cylinder, which weighed around 1kg, for AMS’s innovative new 3L carbon composite cylinder.

AMS said this is one of the lightest cylinders of its kind in the world today – providing double the gas capacity of the previous e-Drone Zero cylinder, whilst increasing the system weight by just 600g.

Marek Alliksoo, Skycorp’s CEO, said, “e-Drone Zero utilises the latest hydrogen fuel cell and AI systems to deliver a huge step change in drone performance – improvements that simply can’t be achieved using today’s lithium-ion battery technology.”

“When it comes to powered flight, every gram matters, and we’re always looking for ways to streamline the design. Hydrogen fuel cell systems provide significant advantages in terms of power to weight ratios – and using AMS cylinders helps to compound these benefits.”

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