2016 was a record-breaking year for the solar industry. The solar capacity was nearly doubled comparing to 2015 and it will triple over the next 5 years. The main driver is the utility photovoltaic (PV) segment.
“Drones will only have a future with scalable operations. Autonomous drone, fleet and cloud-based operation light the path to get there.”
To push the boundaries of drone flight performance, batteries must become smaller and lighter. It appears that we reached a certain limit when it comes to power density. Lithium-Polymer (Li-Po) and Lithium-Ion (Li-ion) batteries have become very small and affordable, mainly driven by the mobile phone industry. This led to a wide adoption and today it is fair to say that the great majority of commercial unmanned aerial vehicles uses batteries as a power source (~96%).