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Doosan’s hydrogen-powered drone wins CES awards

Doosan Mobility Innovation, a subsidiary of South Korean conglomerate Doosan Group, has won two awards from the Consumer Electronics Show 2020 for its fuel cell drones that can fly uninterrupted for over two hours, the company said Sunday.

DMI received best of innovation award in the category of drones and unmanned systems, for pushing the limit of drones relying on the short lifetime of rechargeable batteries. Drones powered by lithium-ion batteries can fly 20-30 minutes while DMI’s hydrogen drone can fly two plus hours at the speed of 10 meters per second, the company said. 

Doosan's DS30 on medicine transport mission (DMI)
Doosan's DS30 on medicine transport mission (DMI)

A fuel-cell stack package that powers DMI’s drone, DS30, also won honoree award in the category of sustainability, eco-design and smart energy, it added.

The Consumer Technology Association which organizes CES, awards innovative companies in 28 categories in prior to its annual show that kicks off in January.

DMI is the world’s first company to successfully mass-produce fuel cell electric drones for commercial use and is the first to introduce such products in a full package. It is also the first to launch a full supply chain of hydrogen used for such UAVs. Its detachable hydrogen tank can be replaced through an online order. DMI, along with other Doosan subsidiaries, makes CES debut next year, the company said.

By Cho Chung-un (