FAA Weather Camera Program – Reducing Maintenance, Increasing Uptime



Cold Weather and Remote Locations Demand Highly Survivable Energy

  • Remote Camera Stations for Weather
    Monitoring - Critical Infrastructure
  • 12 Off-Grid Remote Sites
  • Battery failure rate high
  • Accessing sites is very challenging in good weather
  • Annual Cost for replacing batteries is very high
  • Supercapacitor Trial to test survivability of supercapacitors
  • First site working as planned
  • Replacing all sites with Supercapacitors increases uptime

28.4 kWh of Supercapacitor Storage

Power Management System

With a large percentage of the Alaska population using light aircraft for transportation, having real-time information about weather conditions is critical for flight safety. The FAA installed and manages a robust network of web cameras to aid private pilots in navigation by providing real-time look at weather conditions. Many of these sites are off-grid and require reliable power to ensure they stay online.


Chemical batteries do not function well and often fail altogether in cold weather. This has proven to be a costly and time consuming responsibility for the individuals that have to maintain the sites. A trial of using supercapacitors was launched in 2021 to see if the survivability of supercapacitors was better than chemical batteries. Supercapacitors can operate in a wider range of temperatures and offer little degradation as the temperatures plummet. The first site trial proved that supercapacitors can survive the colder temps with less failures.

More Case Studies

AT&T Off Grid - Reducing Generator Fuel Costs


Benton Hot Springs, CA


Generator Runtime Minimized - Fuel Costs Optimized - Tordrillo Mountain Lodge


Tordrillo Mtns, Alaska