SolAero solar cells for NRL UAS

SolAero Technologies has delivered its lightweight solar cell technology to the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) to power its Solar-Soaring UAV demonstrator, the company announced on 21 March. SolAero’s UAV-TJ high efficiency solar cells convert solar radiation directly into electricity. As part of UAVs designed for long range flights, the …

How drones are helping design the solar power plants of the future

A cottage industry is growing around new technology for solar power developers to design, build and operate solar farms to help compete with fossil fuel power Kingsley Chen, the drone fleet coordinator at SunPower, demonstrates the use of a drone to survey land for designing a solar power plant. Photograph: …

Morphing drone takes off like a helicopter, flies like a plane

Looking to ensure a good crop Bobby Schulz/University of Minnesota By David Hambling A shape-shifting drone takes off like a helicopter and transforms into a plane in mid-air to fly all day on solar power. The drone is designed to provide affordable aerial surveys for farmers, so they can see …