Rapid change is occurring in the mapping industry as geoinformation becomes critically linked to innovative applications such as autonomous vehicles, unmanned aircraft, and smart cities. AI, augmented reality, and virtual reality are also impacting the way geospatial data is collected and analyzed. Many improvements in geodata collection have been enabled by increasingly sophisticated sensor technology. These new sensors are revolutionizing the mapping analysis and visualization that can be done while also making data collection more cost-effective. This is, in turn, driving innovation in business models that rely on mapping and require regularly updated and high-resolution geodata.

Bramor HAR Solar / C-Astral Aerospace with Alta Devices Solar

UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) are part of a new era in mapping (Photo: Bramor HAR Solar/C-Astral Aerospace)


For these transformations to be realized, the UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), cars, and small satellites used to collect the data must continuously drive down costs and innovate. The recent proliferation of sensors is placing greater energy demands on vehicle and aircraft batteries. A key challenge is powering multiple sensors without compromising the design, range and cost structure of the vehicles and aircraft that carry them.

The right solar technology can meet this challenge. It can extend endurance and range by providing more power to batteries and can also power additional payload. The payload could be sensors, IR or other cameras or power-hungry equipment.  This solar technology would simply be applied to the aircraft or vehicle surfaces. It should be high efficiency, lightweight, and flexible. Alta Devices Gen4 technology uniquely meets these conditions today and is designed specifically to power autonomous systems.

Oct 16 – 18, 2018 | Messe Frankfurt |
Frankfurt, Germany | Booth 12.0A.118
Exhibition and discussion of the technology, materials, and business issues surrounding UAV solutions and solar technology.  This will include details about the recent introduction of Alta Devices Gen4 solar cell technology and displays of flexible solar panels.

Wednesday October 17, 1:20pm – 1:40pm
High Performance Solar Power for Long Endurance Autonomous Platforms Rich Kapusta- CMO and Head of Sales, Alta Devices
Recent advances in solar technology are enabling a multitude of new applications on the ground and in the air. In this presentation, one of these technologies, thin-film gallium-arsenide solar cells as manufactured by Alta Devices, will be discussed. The implications of this technology will be examined for cases such as unmanned aerial vehicles, automobiles, and networked internet of things devices working in non-standard lighting conditions.

Innovative UAV, small satellite, and car 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 unmanned systems 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 Devices 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 automotive, unmanned systems, satellites, consumer electronics, sensors 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 http://www.altadevices.com. Alta Devices is a Hanergy company.

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