SolAero Develops High-Efficiency Solar Cells and Panels for UAVs

By Mike Ball / 24 Jun 2018
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SolAero Technologies, a leading developer and manufacturer of high efficiency solar cells, solar panels and composite structural products for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and aerospace applications, has partnered with Unmanned Systems Technology (“UST”) to demonstrate their expertise in this field. The ‘Silver’ profile highlights how their solar power solutions and precision aerospace structures can support a wide array of unmanned vehicle applications, including exploration, science and earth observation, defense intelligence and communication, and commercial telecommunications.

Bye Aerospace’s Strato-Air-NetSolAero’s UAV-TJ solar cell, with an average efficiency of 32%, delivers the highest volume production power density on the market. The lightweight solar cell technology can be produced in laminated sheets to specific voltages, and seamlessly integrated into the wings of UAVs. For composite UAV wings and structures, the photovoltaic (PV) sheets can be co-cured into the assembly. With superior efficiency at high-altitude temperatures, the UAV-TJ solar sheets can be customized to even the most extreme unmanned aircraft applications.

SolAero’s world-class manufacturing facility is capable of producing more than 600kWe per year, and can manufacture panels from a variety of cell types and geometries. Custom solar wings have been developed for cutting edge unmanned aerial systems such as Bye Aerospace’s Strato-Air-Net, the Silent Falcon, AeroVironment’s Puma, and the U.S. Naval Research Lab’s Solar-Soaring UAV demonstrator.

To find out more about SolAero Technologies and their solar and composite structural technologies for unmanned aircraft, please visit their profile page:

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact