AV was founded in 1971 by celebrated physicist and engineer Dr. Paul MacCready,
who Time magazine called one of the "greatest minds of the 20th century".
For the next two decades, with the vision of "doing more with much less",
the AV team pioneered a succession of groundbreaking vehicles including the
Solar Challenger, the Sunraycer, and the General Motors Impact. These and 30
other "world's first"; vehicles cemented AV's position as a premiere
development facility for breakthrough vehicle systems.
During the 1990s, the company expanded its focus from contract-based research
and development to include the development of production products. In the next
ten years, AV developed a portfolio of highly efficient, innovative products
with commercial and government applications, including the Charger bicycle,
SODAR, the Universal Solar Pump Controller, and an extensive line of market-leading
Power Processing Systems.
AV targeted two of these pioneering products - a small Unmanned Aircraft System
(UAS) named "Pointer," and a high-current electric vehicle charger
called "PosiCharge" - for broad, commercial launch based on the products'
unique, market-changing capabilities and significant market potential. In 2001,
after a period of rigorous research, market validation, and business planning,
AV launched its small UAS and PosiCharge product lines. Lead customers included
the U.S. Department of Defense (small UAS), and Ford Motor Co. and American
Portable Home EV Charging Station from AeroVironment
The Sensi+™ is a laser-based analyzer used for monitoring natural gas quality.
The LAS MkII Scintillometer by Kipp & Zonen can detect sensible heat fluxes over long distances, up to 4.5km.
The Vocus CI-TOF from TOFWERK provides real-time chemical ionization measurements.
Following on from the Greener Manufacturing Show, AZoCleantech speaks with Christophe Williams, CEO and co-founder of Naked Energy, about the company and its mission to change energy for good by accelerating the transition to net zero carbon.
Ahead of The Greener Manufacturing Show in Cologne on the 9th and 10th of November 2022, AZoCleanTech spoke with Peter Sarno, event director of the show, about the push for sustainable industrial solutions.
Following on from the Contamination & Geotech Expo, AZoCleantech speaks with Barnaby Hayward from P&D Marine Services about his involvement in the clean technology sector and the company’s innovative water management solution - the Jellyfishbot.