In a move that Intelligent Energy says will make supply chains more efficient, the clean energy company has signed a deal with PINC to supply air cooled fuel cell systems for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
PINC provides yard management, finished vehicle logistics and inventory robotics systems to large manufacturers, retailers and contract logistics providers.
PINC will operate the fuel-cell powered UAVs alongside battery-operated UAVs as part of its inventory robotics offering, which provides real-time inventory tracking by air. PINC says its unmanned aircraft system allows companies to apply drone technology, coupled with advanced RFID and optical sensor capabilities, to improve the operational effectiveness and efficiency of inventory checks.
Intelligent Energy says its fuel cell systems for UAVs offer longer flight time, fast refuel capabilities and flexibility for varying payloads, addressing some of the biggest challenges for users. “PINC is leading the way with the use of hydrogen fuel cell UAVs in the supply chain and we are certain they will be impressed with the benefits our fuel cells will offer over conventional batteries,” said Julian Hughes, senior VP at Intelligent Energy, in a statement.
Matt Yearling, CEO at PINC, said the fuel-cell powered drones will improve corporations’ inventory checks “inside and outside of manufacturing plants and warehouses.”
The announcement comes as other industries — ranging form waste and recycling to agriculture and the energy sector are employing robotics systems to improve efficiency as well as human and environmental safety.