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MEDIA ALERT: Alta Devices New Generation Solar Cell Empowers Autonomy for BVLOS UAV Operations


Alta Devices:

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Alta Devices extends range for UAVs (Photo: Business Wire)

Alta Devices extends range for UAVs (Photo: Business Wire)


UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), or drones, are among the earliest
autonomous vehicles – performing many functions without human
intervention. The next challenge for UAVs is the coming adoption
of BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) regulations. The adoption
of these rules liberates drones, but also places new demands on
them; they need to be able to fly for extended periods and have
the right instrumentation for many newly practical applications,
such as precision agriculture, mapping, railroad inspection, and
search and rescue. Therefore, these aircraft require sufficient
power to enable long-distance flight. The most likely form of
power that will make this possible is solar power. However, these
solar cells must be able to generate significant power from direct
or indirect light, be lightweight, and, be able to integrate
directly into the aircraft. Alta
new Gen4 solar technology uniquely meets these


Where and When:

InterDrone 2018, Rio Hotel, Las Vegas, NV

September 5-7

Alta Devices Booth #423
Exhibition and discussion of the
technology, materials, and business issues surrounding commercial
UAVs and solar technology. This will include details about the
recent introduction of Alta Devices Gen4 solar cell technology and
displays of solar panels, UAV innovations and wing segments.

Alta Devices will feature an ongoing presentation in its booth
discussing the question: "Is your UAV ready for BVLOS?"

Why: Innovative UAV designs need solar power to match. Lightweight, thin
and flexible gallium-arsenide solar cells from Alta Devices enable
designs that are not possible with other solar technologies. Alta
cells provide a new level of mechanical and design flexibility for
the UAV industry due to their high power-density combined with the
ability to bend around curved surfaces. Alta Devices is the
world-record holder for single junction solar cell efficiency at
28.9%. The newest generation product from Alta demonstrates a
significant weight reduction from the previous version resulting in
an improved power to weight ratio.

About Alta Devices: Alta
is empowering autonomy by delivering the world's most
efficient, thin and flexible mobile power technology. By converting
light of any kind into electricity, Alta Devices 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, satellites, consumer electronics, sensors, automotive,
remote exploration, or anywhere size, weight, and mobility matter. Alta
Devices holds world records for energy conversion efficiency and is
headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA. For more information, visit
Alta Devices is a Hanergy company.

Editor's Notes:

1. All trademarks and registered trademarks are those of their
respective companies.

2. BVLOS is the acronym for "Beyond Visual Line of Sight".

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