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Power Technologies for Drones and Autonomous Robots (TechVision)

Power Technologies for Drones and Autonomous Robots (TechVision)

Adoption of Drones and Autonomous robots are steadily increasing in various industries, foremost being healthcare, defense and industrial. Therefore, it's very important that the power sources used in these bots and drones support them to sustain in tough conditions and extreme environment.

This research study focuses on identifying the various power sources that can be used for drones and bots across various industries along with the key expectations that these power sources should satisfy. The study also assess the current and emerging power technologies and utilizes a scenario modeling approach to forecast the future adoption potential of various power sources.


  • Executive Summary
    • Research Scope
    • Research Process and Methodology
    • Key Findings
    • Mapping of Power Sources Used for Autonomous Robots
      • Table Autonomous Robots: Mapping of Robot vs. Power Sources, Global, 2016
    • Introduction to Autonomous Robots
  • Demand Side Analysis
    • Key End-users' Needs: Healthcare Robots
    • Key End-users' Needs: Personal Robots
    • Key End-users' Needs: Military Robots
    • Key End-users' Needs: Commercial Robots
  • Current Technology Analysis
    • Lithium Batteries: High Energy Density in Compact Size
    • Lead based Batteries: Safety and Stable Power Source
    • Compressed Gas: High Power-to-Weight Ratio but Needs Careful Handling
    • Combustion Engine: Powerful but Low Efficiency
    • Drivers: Cost and Understandable Mechanism Drives Incumbent Technologies
    • Barriers: Low-power Endurance Limits Adoption
  • Emerging Technology Analysis
    • Fuel Cells: Immediate High Performance, Clean Energy Source without Lag
    • Energy Harvesting: Suitable for Low-power Robots
    • Supercapacitors: Provide Short Burst of Power from Thin Devices
    • Solar Cells: Provides Thin and Highly Flexible System to Maintain Aerodynamics
    • Hybrid Power Sources: Combination of the Best of Two Worlds
    • Wireless Charging: Simplify the Charging Process
    • Drivers: Innovative Start-ups Drive Technology Development
    • Drivers: Nanomaterials Opens Up New Possibilities
    • Barriers: Stability of Performance Still far from Commercialization
  • Innovation Models
    • Innovation Models: Public System Shapes Innovation Ecosystem
    • Innovation Models: Knowledge Flow is Not Dynamic Due to Lack of National Interest
    • Movers and Shakers
  • Scenario Modeling-Future Option Analysis
    • Parameters Used to Define Scenario
    • Scenario Definition
    • Analysis of Scenarios' Impact on Adoption of Current Technologies
    • Analysis of Scenarios' Impact on Adoption of Emerging Technologies
    • Scenario Conclusion
  • Key Patents

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