SolAero Technologies Corp. (SolAero), a provider of high-efficiency solar cells, solar panels and composite structural products for satellite and aerospace applications, has delivered its high-performance, lightweight solar cell technology to the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) to power its Solar-Soaring UAV demonstrator.
According to SolAero, its specially designed UAV-TJ high-efficiency solar cells will convert solar radiation directly into electricity in order to provide power for extended-duration flight, to charge the vehicles’ batteries for overnight flight, and to enable the use of payloads that consume too much power for batteries alone.
The company says the solar cells were integrated into flexible sheets and ultimately onto the vehicle wing tips, which will generate approximately 40 W of power for the multi-flight demonstrations. Two additional solar sheets that will generate approximately 100 W were also delivered for co-cured integration by NRL into the carbon fiber wings of other demonstrator vehicles.
“We are pleased to provide our lightweight, affordable solar cell and sheet technologies to NRL in support of this important demonstration program,” says Brad Clevenger, CEO of SolAero Technologies. “We look forward to the upcoming flight tests and to the positive results enabled by our cooperation with NRL on this project.”