The Basque Enaiden company dedicated to engineering and product design is collaborating with the recently created Madrid company Drone Hopper dedicated to the development and manufacture of Drones in the design of a Dron destined to the fumigation of cultures and aspersion of pesticides.
The innovative dron has a diameter of one comma five meters, eight electric motors, a storage capacity of fumigant of up to eighty liters and is designed for pest control in crops reducing operating costs.
The conception of the new dron allows a high precision and control of the fumigation in crops of all types through route programming that uses “waypoints” and always working at low altitude. Its simple and fast operation allows to perform several missions in a short period of time, refilling easily to continue the operation.
The Dron presents enormous advantages over traditional fumigation systems such as greater precision in the launch of the fumigant and more efficient and economical pest control.
In the short term, the efforts of both companies focus on building a 100 percent functional prototype to be used as a demonstrator during the summer of 2017.
The Basque company Enaiden, dedicated to the engineering and development of products and equipment, is collaborating with the newly created Swiss company Ecytech in the development and manufacture of an advanced equipment of chemical analysis of water by the technique of capillary electrophoresis.
The innovative chemical analysis equipment patented by Ecytech has a compact and light design since it is a portable equipment that can be powered by a conventional power source or by batteries. The design of the equipment allows easy transportation since the target customers are small laboratories, research centers or livestock companies, who need to know the quality of the water around them.
The equipment uses for the chemical analysis of water the technique of capillary electrophoresis, technique used in different areas such as chemistry, biochemistry, etc. Said technique allows to separate the different molecules present in a solution according to the mass / charge ratio thereof. The molecular separation is carried out in a hollow fused silica capillary of diameter less than 50 microns which is filled with an electrolytic medium capable of conducting the electric current. A small volume of sample with the molecules to be separated is introduced at one end of the capillary and a potential difference is applied between both ends of the capillary of between 20 and 30 Kilovolts, at this moment the molecules begin to move at different speeds, According to their mass and charge: positively charged molecules migrate to the negative electrode and negatively charged molecules migrate to the positive electrode. When passing through the area of the capillary where a detector is located, they are detected and the chemical composition of the sample can be known.
The engineering and development project in collaboration between Ecytech and Enaiden has an important social component since the equipment is designed for clients in areas of difficult access and with limited means.
The patented design of the equipment has given rise to a first functional prototype that has already been manufactured and tested successfully. The company Ecytech will approach the industrialization phase during the year 2017 in order to market the equipment.
Enaiden the Basque company dedicated to engineering and product design is collaborating with the Madrid-based company, recently created, Drone Hopper dedicated to developing and manufacturing Drones in the designing of a Drone intended for firefighting.
The innovative Hexacoptero has a diameter of 1.5 meters, a weight of 420 kilograms, thermal protections and is designed to store inside and evacuate a volume of 300 liters of water mist. The extinction process is based on direct jets of water mist directly applied to the source of fire over the ground. In the “grasshoppper” mode, this is achieved with a single drone operating from a point near the fire and returning to recharge; while the paratrooper way is a formation of a swarm of drones guided into the fire remotely launched from a aircraft. Once on the fire all the swarm forming drones release the water mist. The drone guidance system consists of an advanced control system using GPS and thermal camera, which allows the drones to be directed towards heat sources automatically. It is estimated that each unit can extinguish a flame front 50 to 100 m per mission, depending on the type of vegetation affected.
The drone has enormous advantages over traditional fire suppression systems as they have more precision in the release of water on the fire as well as greater efficiency in the extinction due to the use of water mist. In addition, drones allowed to be operated under conditions where conventional means are not operating, such as at night, and avoid the risk to pilots in risky maneuvers.
In the short term, the efforts of both companies focus on building a prototype of reduced load and electric motors to be used as a demonstrator during the summer of 2016.