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Military Solar Chargers on the Way, According to Alta Devices

DroneNot long after achieving a 23.5% efficiency rating with its standard solar panel, Santa Clara-based startup Alta Devices is claiming to have the worlds’ lightest solar mats.

Alta Devices claims that its solar mats are more efficient, despite challenges to the claim, and the company also claims greater versatility and portability.

The company’s tiny military model is the size of a sheet of paper and only weighs 4 ounces. It also delivers 10 watts of power and meets all the requisite military reliability and durability standards.

Alta Devices has also created a larger device for the field. This one is a 20 watt, 8 ounce version that purportedly can keep a soldier supplied with power for an entire day, given strong sunlight.

The next step? The startup plans to install these efficient solar cells in consumer electronics and unmanned drones.

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Leigh is a Senior Technical Communicator working in the energy sector in Dallas, Texas. Prior to her work in the energy industry, Leigh spent years specializing in life saving engineering projects for the US Department of Defense. In her spare time, Leigh pursues her passions of environmental awareness, vegan baking, dog rescue, and defending the place of art, literature, and music in a world that values science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

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