The global solar-powered UAV market size reached US$ 368.1 Million in 2023. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to reach US$ 814.4 Million by 2032, exhibiting a growth rate (CAGR) of 8.95% during 2024-2032. The increasing demand for drone services for various commercial applications, the recent development of UAV drones for asset management, tracking enemies’ movements and performing dangerous battlefield surveillance operations in the defense sector, and extensive research and development (R&D) activities represent some of the key factors driving the market.
Market Size in 2023
|US$ 368.1 Million
Market Forecast in 2032
|US$ 814.4 Million
|Market Growth Rate 2024-2032
Solar-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) refers to high-altitude pseudo-satellites or drones specially designed to receive power directly from the sun for performing continuous stratospheric operations for a longer duration. It can be operated autonomously without any human intervention even from a remote location by utilizing limitless propulsion systems. It further comprises a range of solar-powered cells that are unified with the vehicle to capture solar energy during the day and generate and recharge the battery on board to provide power in nighttime flights. As compared to traditional UAVs, it offers better stability, higher flight altitude, larger coverage area, and superior load capacity. Along with this, it provides environmental protection, improves employee safety, monitors ecological damages, and minimizes the need for human transportation procedures. As a result, the solar-powered UAV finds extensive application in the surveillance and rescue operations, pollution monitoring, disaster management, attack missions, and intelligence-gathering operations.
Solar-Powered UAV Market Trends:
The increasing demand for drone services for various commercial applications, including resource exploration and climate monitoring, represents a prime factor driving the market growth. In line with this, significant improvements in the military and defense sector and the recent development of UAV drones for asset management and performing dangerous battlefield surveillance operations are acting as another growth-inducing factor. This is further supported by the favorable investments being made by the governments of different nations to enhance their military capabilities. Additionally, the extensive usage of solar-powered UAVs in the agricultural sector over traditional surveying methodologies to analyze crop growth, climatic conditions, spray fertilizers, and track soil conditions is favoring the market growth. Solar-powered UAVs are further employed to assess the ecological damage and active risks, perform weather forecasting, and minimize the adverse effects of potential danger in the mining industry to improve workers safety, which is supporting the market growth. Moreover, the escalating usage of photovoltaic (PV) cells and hybrid-electric propulsion engines to improve the vessel performance at lower maintenance costs is propelling the market growth. Apart from this, significant technological advancements, such as the integration of image-transmitting systems and strategic collaborations amongst key players, are positively impacting the market growth.
Key Market Segmentation:
IMARC Group provides an analysis of the key trends in each segment of the global solar-powered UAV market, along with forecasts at the global, regional, and country levels from 2024-2032. Our report has categorized the market based on type, range, component, mode of operation and application.
- Fixed Wing Drones
- Multirotor Drones
- Quadcopter Drones
The report has also provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the solar-powered UAV market based on the type. This includes fixed wing, multirotor, and quadcopter drones. According to the report, fixed wing drones represented the largest segment.
- Less Than 300 KM
- More Than 300 KM
A detailed breakup and analysis of the solar-powered UAV market based on the range has also been provided in the report. This includes less than 300 KM and more than 300 KM. According to the report, more than 300 KM accounted for the largest market share.
- Propulsion System
- Guidance Navigation
- Control System
The report has also provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the solar-powered UAV market based on the component. This includes propulsion system, airframe, guidance navigation, control system and payload.
Mode of Operation Insights:
A detailed breakup and analysis of the solar-powered UAV market based on the mode of operation has also been provided in the report. This includes semi-autonomous and autonomous. According to the report, semi-autonomous accounted for the largest market share.
The report has also provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the solar-powered UAV market based on the application. This includes defense and commercial. According to the report, defense represented the largest segment.
- North America
- Asia Pacific
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
- Latin America
- Middle East and Africa
The report has also provided a comprehensive analysis of all the major regional markets that include North America (the United States and Canada); Asia Pacific (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, and others); Europe (Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Russia, and others); Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, and others); and the Middle East and Africa. According to the report, North America was the largest market for solar-powered UAVs. Some of the factors driving the North America solar-powered UAV market included the widespread product application in the defense and military sectors, extensive research and development (R&D) activities, and the rising utilization in the agricultural industry.
The report has also provided a comprehensive analysis of the competitive landscape in the global solar-powered UAV market. Detailed profiles of all major companies have also been provided. Some of the companies covered include BAE Systems Plc, Barnard Microsystems Ltd, Eos Technologie, Sunlight Aerospace, UAV Instruments S.L, Xsun, etc. Kindly note that this only represents a partial list of companies, and the complete list has been provided in the report.
|Base Year of the Analysis
||Fixed Wing Drones, Multirotor Drones, Quadcopter Drones
||Less Than 300 KM, More Than 300 KM
||Propulsion System, Airframe, Guidance Navigation, Control System, Payload
|Modes of Operation Covered
|| Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America, Middle East and Africa
||United States, Canada, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Russia, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico
||BAE Systems Plc, Barnard Microsystems Ltd, Eos Technologie, Sunlight Aerospace, UAV Instruments S.L, Xsun, etc.
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Key Benefits for Stakeholders:
- IMARC’s report offers a comprehensive quantitative analysis of various market segments, historical and current market trends, market forecasts, and dynamics of the solar-powered UAV market from 2018-2032.
- The research study provides the latest information on the market drivers, challenges, and opportunities in the global solar-powered UAV market.
- The study maps the leading as well as the fastest growing regional markets. It further enables stakeholders to identify the key country-level markets within each region.
- Porter's five forces analysis assists stakeholders in assessing the impact of new entrants, competitive rivalry, supplier power, buyer power, and the threat of substitution. It helps stakeholders to analyze the level of competition within the solar-powered UAV industry and its attractiveness.
- Competitive landscape allows stakeholders to understand their competitive environment and provides an insight into the current positions of key players in the market.