Sydney innovations: Hydrogen drones, FluroSat and nanotech security

In a world first, a team of engineers from the University of Sydney have successfully motorised an unmanned aircraft flight with a hydrogen-powered propulsion system. The system is “triple hybrid” as it uses a hydrogen fuel cell, battery and supercapacitor combination.

In another drone activity from the USyd cluster, startup FluroSat made news recently for achieving a $1.5m capital raising to take their technology overseas. Using drone mounted hyperspectral cameras, FluroSat provides farmers with a sort of x-ray for crop health and development allowing growers to unlock greater efficiency.

To top it off, Dr Omid Kavehei has designed a low-cost nano-electronic device that is 100,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair for use inside a new security system. “From anti-counterfeiting applications in the multitrillion dollar fashion industry, to ultra-sensitive anti-tampering techniques in the defence industry, to day-to-day usage of connected devices, this nanotechnology-based innovation provides an unparalleled set of features at a low cost on a tiny silicon area, while using a very small amount of energy.”

Read more: USYD / News.com / USYD (2) / Nature

Image: USYD – Hydrogen powered drone carried by University of Sydney aerospace engineering PhD candidate Andrew Gong

This story is taken from the 16 March 2018 edition of The Warren Centre’s Prototype newsletter. Sign up for the Prototype here.