Robo-tech for solar2nd May 2013
Solar power truly is moving into the future, with some seemingly sci-fi developments happening in the field.
A US developer has come up with technology to increase the efficiency in the process of installing solar PV panels in large-scale power plant projects.
Construction of a large-scale solar plant requires the intensive process of transporting and placing individual solar panels into position.
Due to this repetitive process, the Brittmore Group in California have come up with an automated system in which solar panels can be installed at a much faster rate through the use of a robotic process.
The Group's technology runs at a megawatt-per-day pace, only requiring a small crew, in comparison to the large construction crew required if the process were all to be done manually.
The technology is currently still being piloted, with a 30 kW demonstration site having just been opened in Lodi, California.
This demonstration site showcases the technology and acts as a pilot for an upcoming large-scale solar plant.
"The Brittmore System targets lowest total install costs by reducing materials, labor, site logistics, earthworks, and construction time," said the Brittmore Group in a April 25 press release marking the opening of the demonstration facility.
Posted by Mike Peacock