Power Technologies for Drones and Autonomous Robots

Amidst Fierce Jostling between Emerging Technologies, Lithium Batteries to Emerge as Preferred Choice

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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.

Table of Contents

1.0 Executive Summary1.1 Research Scope1.2 Research Process and Methodology1.3 Key Findings1.4 Mapping of Power Sources Used for Autonomous Robots1.5 Introduction to Autonomous Robots2.0 Demand Side Analysis2.1 Key End-users’ Needs: Healthcare Robots2.2 Key End-users’ Needs: Personal Robots2.3 Key End-users’ Needs: Military Robots2.4 Key End-users’ Needs: Commercial Robots3.0 Current Technology Analysis3.1 Lithium Batteries: High Energy Density in Compact Size 3.2 Lead-based Batteries: Safety and Stable Power Source3.3 Compressed Gas: High Power-to-Weight Ratio but Needs Careful Handling3.4 Combustion Engine: Powerful but Has Low Efficiency3.5 Drivers: Cost and Proven Mechanism Drive Incumbent Technologies3.6 Barriers: Low-power Endurance Limits Adoption4.0 Emerging Technology Analysis4.1 Fuel Cells: Immediate High Performance, Clean Energy Source without Lag 4.2 Energy Harvesting: Suitable for Low-power Robots4.3 Supercapacitors: Provide Short Burst of Power from Thin Devices 4.4 Solar Cells: Provide Thin and Highly Flexible System to Maintain Aerodynamics 4.5 Hybrid Power Sources: Combination of the Best of Two Worlds4.6 Wireless Charging: Simplifying the Charging Process4.7 Drivers: Innovative Start-ups Drive Technology Development4.8 Drivers: Nanomaterials Opens Up New Possibilities 4.9 Barriers: Stability of Performance still far from Commercialization5.0 Innovation Models5.1 Innovation Model: Public System Shapes Innovation Ecosystem5.2 Innovation Model: Knowledge Flow Is Not Dynamic Due to Lack of National Interest5.3 Movers and Shakers6.0 Scenario Modeling—Future Option Analysis6.1 Parameters Used to Define Scenario6.2 Parameters Used to Define Scenario6.3 Scenario Definition6.4 Analysis of Scenarios’ Impact on Adoption of Current Technologies6.5 Analysis of Scenarios’ Impact on Adoption of Current Technologies6.6 Analysis of Scenarios’ Impact on Adoption of Current Technologies 6.7 Analysis of Scenarios’ Impact on Adoption of Emerging Technologies6.8 Analysis of Scenarios’ Impact on Adoption of Emerging Technologies6.9 Analysis of Scenarios’ Impact on Adoption of Emerging Technologies 6.10 Analysis of Scenarios’ Impact on Adoption of Emerging Technologies6.11 Analysis of Scenarios’ Impact on Adoption of Emerging Technologies 6.12 Scenario Conclusion6.13 Scenario Conclusion7.0 Key Patents7.1 Key Patents7.1 Key Patents (continued)7.1 Key Patents (continued)8.0 Key Patents8.1 Contact Details8.2 Legal Disclaimer9.0The Frost & Sullivan Story9.1 The Frost & Sullivan Story9.2 Value Proposition: Future of Your Company & Career9.3 Global Perspective9.4 Industry Convergence9.5 360º Research Perspective9.6 Implementation Excellence9.7 Our Blue Ocean Strategy




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