Realizing Vision through Fiber Optics

PowerLight Power Over Fiber technology uses high-intensity light to transfer up to kilowatts of power via fiber optic cable. Whether tethered above ground or undersea, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) using our technology can last longer, go farther and maneuver more. Substantially lighter than copper wires, our technology allows remote sensors and actuators to be applied without some of the traditional challenges presented by weight and distance. With our power over fiber technology, you go the distance—well beyond the 800-foot range for UAVs, in fact—with persistence from point to point, wherever that might be.

This technology uses high-intensity light on fiber optic cable to transfer up to kilowatts of power.

Aerial Applications
PowerLight Power Over Fiber technology supports tethered unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

 

Less weight
The technology continuously powers tethered UAVs with less weight, through more distance than copper power lines. For example, at 500 watts and 300 meters, fiber optic cable is eight-times lighter than copper wire.

 

 

Higher operation
Compared to platforms using copper wire, which must push large amounts of power up the cable to allow for electrical losses in the wire, Power Over Fiber technology increases feasibility at altitudes of more than 150 meters.

 

 

Safer operation
Unlike battery-only designs, the technology recharges the tethered UAV while it is airborne, reducing takeoffs and landings, which are the highest-risk situations of UAV operation.

 

 

Decreased detectability
The non-copper tether eliminates a detectable electrical signature, which is important for certain stealthy applications.

The Future Is Here

Power Over Fiber technology is here today, and it is safe. It powers the tethered UAV while it is in motion and at altitude. Also, its lighter weight compared to batteries allows more value-adding payload through equipment such as cameras and communications gear.

 

Ready for Innovation
Industries that can greatly benefit from Power Over Fiber technology with tethered UAVs include telecommunications, disaster response, defense, law enforcement, border enforcement and entertainment events.

PowerLight Power Over Fiber technology supports tethered unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs).

Continuous Key Benefits:
More endurance Compared to the copper tether of traditional, direct drive units, fiber cable is substantially lighter in weight. It is also 10-times less thick in diameter, yet it transfers comparable amounts of power. Enabling the UUV to go far-greater distances, the technology overcomes the severe limitations of other solutions.

 

 

Greater maneuverability
Power Over Fiber technology eliminates the continuously increasing insulation that copper
needs for distance, which creates buoyancy and stiffness issues.

 

 

Decreased detectability
The non-copper tether eliminates a detectable electrical signature, which is important for certain
stealthy applications.

 

Industries Ready for Innovation
Industries that can greatly benefit from Power Over Fiber technology with UUVs include defense, oil and gas, and research.