Alta Devices, PowerOasis partner to increase small UAV endurance

Alta Devices and PowerOasis are partnering to develop the world´s first reference design for integrated solar and lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery power systems for small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the companies said.

By combining Alta Devices´ solar technology with PowerOasis´ expertise in hybrid power systems, small UAV developers can focus on leveraging their core expertise in aircraft design and performance.

An aircraft designer will be able to leverage this reference design to manage the complete energy generation, storage, and power management system for a UAV without having to bring this capability in-house, saving time and resources than can be better allocated to payload design and aircraft aerodynamics.

Many aircraft companies are turning to solar to provide added endurance to UAVs. A typical battery-powered UAV can normally stay aloft for only a few hours. With solar added to the wings, the same aircraft could fly all day.

UK-based PowerOasis provides 50W to 20kW hybrid power systems & energy efficiency solutions for a wide range of applications, from telecoms to transport and military deployments. The company also works with Lithium-ion cell manufacturers to develop state of the art application specific batteries incorporating PowerOasis control software and battery management features. Its cloud based network management and analytics software enables cyber secure remote management and optimization.

Sunnyvale, California-based delivers 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, consumer electronics, sensors, automotive, remote exploration, or anywhere size, weight, and mobility matter.