The Huge Potential for Solar-Powered Drones

Drone makers are tapping the power of the sun in the design of their drones. Solar energy is clean, pure energy, sustainable and renewable, and cost-saving, too, inspiring the creation of solar-powered drones.

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The global solar powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market to grow at a CAGR of 12.81% during the period 2016-2020. The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global solar powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market for 2016-2020. – Read more:

Technavio recognizes the following companies as the key players in the global solar powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market: AeroVironment, Airbus Group, Facebook, Lockheed Martin, and Thales. Other Prominent Vendors in the market are: AC Propulsion, Boeing, DJI, Silent Falcon UAS, and Sunlight Photonics. – Read more:

One specific use for solar-powered drone can be for powering delivery drones.

[…] using unmanned aerial vehicles for deliveries in rural and off-grid areas can have significantly more benefits for people than when used in the developed world.

However, one big issue for electric-powered anything when going off the grid, with drones being no exception, is the need to regularly recharge their batteries. And what better way to provide power to delivery drones in rural areas than through an existing network of solar charging systems, which could serve as tiny hubs for expanding the area reachable by these little flying robots. Read more:

Another benefit of solar-powered drones is in helping save energy cost.

[…] drones can help drive down the installed cost of rooftop solar power. We’re emphasizing the “installed” part of the equation because recent improvements in solar cell efficiency have been contributing to the plummeting cost, but they only account for (very) roughly half of the installed cost of rooftop solar arrays.- See here:

This drone is designed to run on solar energy.

Meanwhile, the solar industry can benefit from drone photography services.

The applications for aerial drone photography in the Solar Industry are many and growing! From site scouting to installation from panel cleaning and wild life endangerment to inspections, drones have found a home in the solar industry that does not seem to be going anywhere. – Read more:


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