Advanced Batteries for Unmanned Vehicles

Energy Storage for Commercial Air, Ground, and Underwater Drones:
Global Market Analysis and Forecasts

Unmanned vehicles (UVs), also known as drones, are experiencing a wave a popularity in the commercial, military, and consumer market segments. Intelligent UVs can provide increased efficiency and higher resolution visual inspections relative to traditional manual methods. Additionally, powered air, ground, or maritime vehicles can function in environments that are physically unsuitable for human operators. The provision of technology options that are quicker, easier, safer, and less costly is considered high priority for stakeholders that utilize UVs in day-to-day operations.

Power requirements and battery suitability must be given serious consideration in the design of the UVs. The power requirements for commercial UVs are dependent on the vehicle carriage weight, distance traveled, and sensor/data collection requirements. Advanced battery chemistries like lithium ion (Li-ion) have seen price declines over the past several years and consequently have been increasingly utilized in UVs. They will play a key role in the further proliferation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs). According to Navigant Research, global advanced battery energy capacity and pack revenue for traction and propulsion energy in UVs are expected to reach 727.9 MWh and $224.9 million by 2026.

This Navigant Research report focuses on the drivers, barriers, and technological trends affecting the deployment of UVs. The study provides an analysis of the market issues associated with UAVs for wind turbine inspection, UGVs for the materials handing sector, and UUVs for energy resource exploration. Global market forecasts for energy capacity and revenue, segmented by region, technology, and UV type, extend through 2026. The report also examines the key design issues and battery technologies and requirements related to UAVs, UGVs, and UUVs.

Key Questions Addressed:
  • What types of unmanned vehicles (UVs) are currently available in the market?
  • What are the advanced battery technology options for unmanned aerial, ground, and underwater vehicles (UAVs, UGVs, and UUVs)?
  • What factors should be considered when utilizing advanced batteries in different UVs?
  • What are the advantages of choosing an advanced battery over a legacy technology?
  • Which regions will be the most attractive to UVs that utilize advanced batteries?
  • Which specific battery modules are utilized in currently available UVs?
  • What are the special considerations for UAVs, UGVs, and UUVs that require advanced batteries?
Who needs this report?
  • Unmanned vehicle (UV) vendors
  • Battery OEMs
  • Consumer electronics firms
  • Wind turbine manufacturers
  • Utilities
  • Oil & gas companies
  • Government agencies
  • Investor community

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

1.1    Introduction to Advanced Batteries for Unmanned Vehicles

1.2    Report Scope

1.3    Market Forecasts

2. Market Issues

2.1   Introduction

2.2   General UV Design Considerations

2.3   Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Renewable Systems Inspection

2.3.1   UAV Sector Overview

2.3.2   UAV Battery Technologies and Requirements

2.3.3   Key Drivers

2.3.4   Key Barriers

2.4   Unmanned Ground Vehicles for Materials Handling

2.4.1   UGVs for Materials Handling Sector Overview

2.4.2   UGV Battery Technologies and Requirements

2.4.3   Key Drivers

2.4.4   Key Barriers

2.5   Unmanned Underwater Vehicles for Resource Exploration

2.5.1   UUVs for Resource Exploration Overview

2.5.2   UUV Battery Technologies and Requirements

2.5.3   Key Drivers

2.5.4   Key Barriers

3. Market Forecasts

3.1   Introduction

3.2   Forecast Methodology

3.3   UAVs for Wind Turbine Maintenance Advanced Battery Market Forecast

3.4   UGVs for Materials Handling Advanced Battery Forecast

3.5   UUVs for Resource Exploration Advanced Battery Forecast

3.6   Conclusions and Recommendations

3.6.1   Advanced Batteries for UAVs

3.6.2   Advanced Batteries for UGVs

3.6.3   Advanced Batteries for UUVs

4. Acronym and Abbreviation List
5. Table of Contents
6. Table of Charts and Figures
7. Scope of Study, Sources and Methodology, Notes

List of Charts and Figures

  • Wind Turbine Damaged Captured by UAV Cameras
  • Strat Aero and AirFusion’s WindSpect Drone
  • Subsea 7 Autonomous Inspection Vehicle
  • Battery Mass as a Function of Its SE
  • Unmanned Vehicle Advanced Battery Pack Energy Capacity and Revenue by UV Type, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Unmanned Vehicle Advanced Battery Pack Energy Capacity and Revenue by Region, All UV Types, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • UAV Advanced Battery Pack Energy Capacity and Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • UAV Advanced Battery Pack Energy Capacity and Revenue by Technology, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • UGV Advanced Battery Pack Energy Capacity and Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • UGV Advanced Battery Pack Energy Capacity and Revenue by Technology, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • UUV Advanced Battery Pack Energy Capacity and Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • UUV Advanced Battery Pack Energy Capacity and Revenue by Technology, World Markets: 2017-2026

List of Tables

  • Unmanned Vehicle Advanced Battery Pack Revenue by Region, All UV Types, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Unmanned Vehicle Advanced Battery Pack Energy Capacity by Region, All UV Types, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Unmanned Vehicle Advanced Battery Pack Revenue by UV Type, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Unmanned Vehicle Advanced Battery Pack Energy Capacity by UV Type, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Unmanned Vehicle Advanced Battery Pack Revenue by Technology, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Unmanned Vehicle Advanced Battery Pack Energy Capacity by Technology, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • UAV Advanced Battery Pack Pricing by Technology, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • UGV Advanced Battery Pack Pricing by Technology, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • UUV Advanced Battery Pack Pricing by Technology, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • UAV Advanced Battery Pack Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • UAV Advanced Battery Pack Energy Capacity by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • UAV Advanced Battery Pack Power Revenue by Technology, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • UAV Advanced Battery Pack Energy Capacity by Technology, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • UGV Advanced Battery Pack Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • UGV Advanced Battery Pack Energy Capacity by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • UGV Advanced Battery Pack Revenue by Technology, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • UGV Advanced Battery Pack Energy Capacity by Technology, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • UUV Advanced Battery Pack Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • UUV Advanced Battery Pack Energy Capacity by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • UUV Advanced Battery Pack Revenue by Technology, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • UUV Advanced Battery Pack Energy Capacity by Technology, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • UAV Advanced Batteries for Wind Turbine Inspection
  • AGV Vehicle Types
  • AGV Advanced Batteries for Materials Handling Vehicles
  • UUV Advanced Batteries for Underwater Applications
  • Specific Energies of Select Battery Chemistries at Varying Pressures

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