What is more, new logistics applications for fuel cells are growing. Doosan Mobility Innovation (DMI), a subsidiary of South Korean conglomerate Doosan Corporation, designs and develops hydrogen fuel power systems. It is working with DroneUp, a leading autonomous drone delivery platform and drone services provider, on testing a new fuel cell-powered drone.
Retail giant Walmart has partnered with DroneUp, in which it is also an investor, to develop its drone delivery network, which is now the largest in the US. With 36 hubs in seven states, in 2022 Walmart completed over 6,000 drone deliveries from ice cream to rotisserie chickens and paper towels.
DroneUp sees several benefits in using platinum-based fuel cell technology. For example, it greatly increases drone flight time to between two and five hours, depending on factors like payload weight and weather. In addition, carbon emissions are reduced to zero, with the only emissions being drops of water.