Solar-Powered UAV Market by Type (Fixed Wing Drones, Multirotor Drones, Quadcopter Drones), Range (Less Than 300 KM, More Than 300 KM), Component (Propulsion System, Airframe, Guidance Navigation, Control System, Payload), Mode of Operation (Semi-Autonomous, Autonomous), Application (Defense, Commercial), and Region 2024-2032

Solar-Powered UAV Market by Type (Fixed Wing Drones, Multirotor Drones, Quadcopter Drones), Range (Less Than 300 KM, More Than 300 KM), Component (Propulsion System, Airframe, Guidance Navigation, Control System, Payload), Mode of Operation (Semi-Autonomous, Autonomous), Application (Defense, Commercial), and Region 2024-2032

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Market Overview:

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.

Report Attribute 
Key Statistics
Base Year
2023
Forecast Years
2024-2032
Historical Years
2018-2023
Market Size in 2023
US$ 368.1 Million
Market Forecast in 2032
US$ 814.4 Million
Market Growth Rate 2024-2032 8.95%


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.

Global Solar-Powered UAV Market

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.

Type Insights:

  • 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.

Range Insights:

  • 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.

Component Insights:

  • Propulsion System
  • Airframe
  • Guidance Navigation
  • Control System
  • Payload
     

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:

  • Semi-Autonomous
  • Autonomous
     

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.

Application Insights:

  • Defense
  • Commercial
     

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.

Regional Insights:

  • North America
    • United States
    • Canada
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • Indonesia
    • Others
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • United Kingdom
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
    • Others
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Others
  • 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.

Competitive Landscape:

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.

Report Coverage:

Report Features Details
Base Year of the Analysis 2023
Historical Period 2018-2023
Forecast Period 2024-2032
Units US$ Million
Types Covered Fixed Wing Drones, Multirotor Drones, Quadcopter Drones
Ranges Covered Less Than 300 KM, More Than 300 KM
Components Covered Propulsion System, Airframe, Guidance Navigation, Control System, Payload
Modes of Operation Covered Semi-Autonomous, Autonomous
Application Covered Defense, Commercial
Regions Covered  Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America, Middle East and Africa
Countries Covered United States, Canada, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Russia, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico
Companies Covered 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.

Key Questions Answered in This Report

The global solar-powered UAV market was valued at US$ 368.1 Million in 2023.

We expect the global solar-powered UAV market to exhibit a CAGR of 8.95% during 2024-2032.

The rising demand for solar-powered UAVs, as they offer better stability, higher flight altitude, larger coverage area, and superior load capacity than traditional UAVs, is primarily driving the global solar-powered UAV market.

The sudden outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic had led to the implementation of stringent lockdown regulations across several nations, resulting in the temporary closure of numerous manufacturing units for solar-powered UAVs.

Based on the type, the global solar-powered UAV market has been segmented into fixed wing drones, multirotor drones, and quadcopter drones. Among these, fixed wing drones currently hold the majority of the total market share.

Based on the range, the global solar-powered UAV market can be bifurcated into less than 300 km and more than 300 km. Currently, more than 300 km currently exhibits a clear dominance in the market.

Based on the mode of operation, the global solar-powered UAV market has been divided into semi-autonomous and autonomous, where semi-autonomous currently accounts for the largest market share.

Based on the application, the global solar-powered UAV market can be segregated into defense and commercial. Currently, defense exhibits a clear dominance in the market.

On a regional level, the market has been classified into North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and Middle East and Africa, where North America currently dominates the global market.

Some of the major players in the global solar-powered UAV market include BAE Systems Plc, Barnard Microsystems Ltd, Eos Technologie, Sunlight Aerospace, UAV Instruments S.L, Xsun, etc.

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