Green energy for the Dronemics cargo drone
ZERO SynAVGAS fuel from Zero Petroleum. Photo: Zero Oil
Cargo drone company Dronamics plans to power its prototype drone with fossil-free synthetic fuel to explore carbon-neutral operations.
Zero Petroleum’s ZERO SynAVGAS fuel is a direct replacement for existing fossil fuel and will be tested in Dronamics’ “Black Swan” long-range drone for commercial use.
Dronamics said using Zero Petroleum fuels, rather than fossil fuels or even biofuels or waste-derived fuels, is key to the company’s long-term sustainability plans.
It is made by extracting hydrogen from water and capturing carbon from atmospheric carbon dioxide, a completely sustainable process when using renewable energy sources such as wind or solar.
When burned, it emits exactly the same amount of carbon as was used in its production, creating a process focused on the “circular economy”.
The partnership aims to support the creation of Dronamics’ sustainable same-day delivery service for items such as e-commerce products, perishables, manufacturing parts and medical supplies.
Dronamics Co-Founder and Managing Director, Svilen Rangelov, said: “Sustainability is a key part of our plans and as the world’s first drone cargo airline, we are delighted to have entered into an agreement with Zero Petroleum to supply their fuel for the future Dronemics drone. network.
“Not only is the fuel completely sustainable and fossil-free, but the modular manufacturing process has a small footprint so it fits perfectly into our future droneport plans, potentially allowing the fuel to be produced on-site.
“We are very pleased to work with the Zero Petroleum team as we move towards commercial operations in the coming year.”
Zero Petroleum Co-Founder and Managing Director Paddy Lowe said, “Operating an autonomous delivery network on this scale makes perfect sense, but transporting these heavy payloads such great distances would be impossible. using electrical energy.
“Our fossil-free fuels, which have a carbon-neutral lifecycle and can be produced in a factory at any site close to water and renewable energy, are the perfect way to provide this as an alternative fully sustainable to the existing air freight solution.”
The Dronamics Black Swan fixed-wing aircraft is 8m long with a wingspan of 16m and can operate from unpaved runways as short as 400m.
The drone, which can carry a payload of 350 kg over distances of up to 2,500 km, is powered by a ROTAX propeller motor supplied by CFS Aeroproducts.
It can fly at altitudes of up to 22,000 feet and at speeds of up to 125 mph and is designed to fill the critical missing middle mile in air cargo, ensuring the provision of same-day deliveries in the most remote areas. most remote in the world.
Last month, Dronamics concluded a manufacturing partnership with composites manufacturer Cotesa to manufacture long-range cargo drones in Europe.
In July, Dronemics signed a deal with composite manufacturer Quickstep Holdings as part of the production plans for the Black Swan aircraft, while in May Dronamics was awarded the European Union Lightweight UAS Operator Certificate (LUC) which will allow him to self-authorize the air operations of the Black Swan.
In December 2021, Dronemics unveiled its first production Black Swan drone
Dronamics partners with Cotesa to manufacture cargo drones in Europe