lta Devices has announced cooperation with Airware to enable manufacturers of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to integrate solar power into their aircraft.
Alta Devices, which makes what are claimed to be the world’s thinnest and highest efficiency solar cells using GaAs, holds the world record for solar cell efficiency at 28.8 percent. It has shown that by integrating its thin and lightweight solar material onto the wings of a small UAV, flight endurance can be increased by more than four times. On certain designs, a solar-enabled UAV can fly all day long under sunny conditions, without landing to swap or recharge batteries.
Airware offers hardware, software and cloud services for the rapid development and safe operation of commercial drones. By partnering with Airware, Alta Devices will be able to bring its AnyLight solar cell technology to a wide range of commercial vehicles operating around the world; moreover, through this relationship, UAV manufacturers employing Airware services can dramatically increase their flight endurance with ease.