Since the bottom fell out of solar cell pricing several years ago, the solar market in the U.S. has been highly competitive and increasingly reliant on installation projects to make profits.But, with the advent of solar powered autonomous watercraft and aircraft, have solar cell manufacturers located a new market to compete over in robotics companies?
Colorado-basedAscent Solar Technologies, Inc., a developer of state-of-the-art, flexible thin-film photovoltaic modules, announced today it is collaborating with Silent Falcon UAS Technologies and Bye Aerospace to provide its lightweight, flexible copper-indium-gallium-diselenide (CIGS) photovoltaics to power the Silent Falcon? unmanned aerial system (UAS).
The Silent Falcon is a small tactical UAS drone, portable and convenient for extended intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. Silent Falcon was launched at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) conference in Las Vegas recently.
The drone provides a near silent, rapidly deployed platform that has multiple military and civilian applications. With three wing configurations available for different mission profiles, each Silent Falcon? system could represent up to 30 modules.
John W. Brown, CEO, Silent Falcon? UAS Technologies states: “We believe that today there is a large and growing global military and public safety agency market for small or tactical unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). In these markets alone, sales exceeding several hundred units per year are possible. As their use in these markets proves their utility and functionality, and as the FAA rules for domestic commercial, civilian use become more clear, we believe the market size and number of annual units sold could increase substantially.”
Ascent Solar’s President and CEO, Victor Lee, said, “Our collaboration on Silent Falcon? represents a key strength of our product, namely that its lightweight and flexible nature can address multiple markets, from consumer electronics to building integrated PV, and that our manufacturing process is sufficiently agile to support them simultaneously. We see this emerging electric drone market expanding rapidly, with applications ranging from military to disaster relief with rapid deployment and recovery with little risk to human life.”Read More