Alta Devices New Generation Solar Cell Empowers Autonomy for BVLOS UAV Operations

UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), or drones, are among the earliest autonomous vehicles – performing many functions without human intervention. The next challenge for UAVs is the coming adoption of BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) regulations. The adoption of these rules liberates drones, but also places new demands on them; they need to be able to fly for extended periods and have the right instrumentation for many newly practical applications, such as precision agriculture, mapping, railroad inspection, and search and rescue. Therefore, these aircraft require sufficient power to enable long-distance flight. The most likely form of power that will make this possible is solar power. However, these solar cells must be able to generate significant power from direct or indirect light, be lightweight, and, be able to integrate directly into the aircraft. Alta Devices new Gen4 solar technology uniquely meets these requirements.

                  
Where and When:                      

InterDrone 2018, Rio Hotel, Las Vegas, NV

September 5-7

Alta Devices Booth #423
Exhibition and discussion of the technology, materials, and business issues surrounding commercial UAVs and solar technology. This will include details about the recent introduction of Alta Devices Gen4 solar cell technology and displays of solar panels, UAV innovations and wing segments.

Alta Devices will feature an ongoing presentation in its booth discussing the question: “Is your UAV ready for BVLOS?”
                        
                        
Why:
Innovative UAV designs need solar power to match. Lightweight, thin and flexible gallium-arsenide solar cells from Alta Devices enable designs that are not possible with other solar technologies. Alta cells provide a new level of mechanical and design flexibility for the UAV industry due to their high power-density combined with the ability to bend around curved surfaces. Alta Devices is the world-record holder for single junction solar cell efficiency at 28.9%. The newest generation product from Alta demonstrates a significant weight reduction from the previous version resulting in an improved power to weight ratio.

Source: Alta Devices
Date: Sep 4, 2018