- HYBRiX, inspired by the technology of hybrid cars powered by a Valencian startup, achieves flight times 6 times higher than the other one in the market.
- Global Robot Expo will unite from 28 to 31 January, in the “Pabellón de Cristal de la Casa de Campo” in Madrid, all the international leading companies and renowned technology gurus.
Quaternium is a Valencian startup that has managed to solve the problem that brings head to thousands of operators of commercial drones worldwide: the flight autonomy, no more than 25 minutes. To solve this limitation, this young company has developed the multirotor drone HYBRiX, to be presented to the international market in Global Robot Expo, the international exhibition of robotic technologies that will be held from 28, 29, 30 and 31 January 2016 in the “Pabellón de Cristal de la Casa de Campo” in Madrid.
Electric multicopters can just fly over 25 minutes, so you have to reload several times during a workday. This makes it difficult its professional use and adds a little more danger, because having to carry lithium batteries for recharging to avoid waiting times can be dangerous.
To overcome these drawbacks, Quaternium team has developed a hybrid technology that achieves flight times six times higher than the existing today in the market. This is possible thanks to a range extender that transforms fuel from a small combustion engine to electric power for the the propellers, which amounts to a maximum flight autonomy of 4 hours without refueling.
Hybrix will make possible, therefore, to develop industrial applications that are currently very limited by electric drones such as all transport-related medicines or small commodities in areas with difficult access, emergency measures, spraying of large land or monitoring infrastructures.
This multirotor of Spanish production, whose development has been aided by the Junta de Extremadura through Agrotech, will begin shipping in 2016 in Spain, a market where its competition has not arrived yet. Its aim, according to its founder, Jose Luis Cortes, is to become an effective alternative to helicopters or aircraft for commercial use and, in particular, for sectors such as aerial surveillance, surveying, inspection of large areas, aerial filming or agriculture precision.
Global Robot Expo is a unique event in Spain that has a clear commercial focus and that will boost business creation, wealth and investment in the robotics industry. With this ambitious goal, it will offer lectures and ‘demos’ for participating companies to present their projects and seek partners and investors.