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Alta Devices Introduces a “Solar for UAV Index” Designed to Aid Designers of Unmanned Systems With Choosing the Right Solar Technology

October 19, 2015
By Business Wire News

Alta Devices:


Alta Devices will introduce the new “Solar for UAV Index” which is designed to assess solar technologies for fixed wing UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) applications. This new index accounts for many of the issues that a designer must consider. Included in the new measurement system are power to weight; properties of the solar cell plus encapsulate; and power to surface area. This new index is needed because the traditional measurement for solar technologies based on conversion efficiency alone is insufficient for applications where weight and flexibility are equally critical. In addition to speaking about this new index at the upcoming Commercial UAV UK Show, Alta Devices is making a whitepaper available at


The Commercial UAV Show (October 20-21, 2015)
ExCeL London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London


Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 3:00pm
Seminar Theater 2 “The World’s Most Efficient Solar meets UAV’s”
Presented by Rob Parenti, Technical Marketing Engineer, Alta Devices

Why Small UAVs and high-altitude, long-endurance UAVs, sometimes referred to as HALE or pseudo-satellites, are increasingly important for many applications ranging from agriculture, surveillance, inspection, communications, and many other civil uses. These all require flight times that can approach days, months, or be unlimited. In order to accomplish these long flight times, batteries installed as the primary power source must be able to be extended and recharged. But this extension needs to come without impairing the aerodynamics. Solar technology is perfect for this, if it meets the required integration, power to weight ratios, conversion efficiency, and energy yield needs. To date, the only standardized metric for solar power has focused on conversion efficiency. Alta Devices’ new proposed index creates a rating system based on a more representative complement of variables that must be considered in choosing a solar technology for these types of applications.

About Alta Devices

Alta Devices is (EM)POWERING THE UNPLUGGED WORLD™ by delivering the world’s most efficient, thin and flexible mobile power technology. By converting light of any kind into electricity, Alta Device’s AnyLight™ power technology extends the energy source of a system, and in many cases, completely cuts the traditional power cord. The solution can be completely integrated into the final system, and is ideal for use in unmanned systems, consumer electronics, sensors, automotive, remote exploration, wearables, or anywhere size, weight, and mobility matter. Alta Devices holds world records for energy conversion efficiency and is located in Sunnyvale, CA. For more information, visit Alta Devices is a Hanergy company.

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For customer information contact:
Alta Devices
Rich Kapusta, 408-585-2050
Chief Marketing Officer