UL 3030 addresses requirements for the electrical system of the UAV for commercial applications (agricultural, scientific, research, government, local police, search & rescue, video for film industry or news broadcasts, flight related to business for roof inspections). UAVs covered by UL 3030 are intended to be operated by trained pilots, where the UAV is less than 55 lbs. (25 kg) with its operating voltage of not greater than 100 V dc and are intended for outdoor operation. While aspects such as airworthiness, efficacy of controls, and similar topics will be out of scope; these must be addressed by regulations, user programs and other standards.
UAVs, more commonly known as drones, are changing the way we interact with the world. The use of controlled or autonomous UAVs to perform tasks that are otherwise more dangerous, time consuming or inefficient will be a part of our collective future. Drones may be powered by different sources, depending on the required uses. However, battery technology again is a key element in the success of drones. Batteries offer benefits in terms of weight of the energy and drive systems, as well as eliminating byproduct emissions and noise. As with any battery applications, there are critical needs for assessing and validating the battery safety, proving the battery management system is capable of maintaining the battery in a safe mode, and evaluating the coordination of the charger, battery system and load as safe.