Solar plant robotsBuilding open area solar parks is mostly manual work. Identical processes are repeated hundreds of thousands of times. German PV-Kraftwerker have been looking into automation options for some time and has presented a robot called Momo, designed to install solar panels at ground mount solar farms.
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|Credit: PV Kraftwerker|
Robotic solar plantQBotix, based in Menlo Park, CA, employs distributed robotics to significantly increase the economics and improve the capabilities of the solar industry. The company is composed of solar industry veterans and robotics innovators from Silicon Valley, MIT, Caltech and Stanfordand has so far raised $7.5 million funding from New Enterprise Associates, Firelake Capital, Siemens Venture Capital, and DFJ JAIC.
Solbot is an autonomous, rugged and mobile robot that can manage up to up to 300 kW PV array. It automatically travels to each tracker, returning in regular 40 minutes intervals to make precise adjustments. Solbot is intelligent, providing real-time information to optimize your solar array and maximize system availability. Certified waterproof and dustproof through IP-65 rating, and designed to operate in extreme conditions, each Solbot is quality-manufactured in the United States for outstanding durability.
Solar powered Mars rovers record - 8 years, 301 days
Solar powered UAVs
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UAV world record - 336 hours, 21 minutes
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The patent pending Silent Falcon™ is a solar/electric, all composite, modular small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) designed for both military and public safety applications. With Silent Falcon’s™ solar electric propulsion system, rugged composite structure, and three interchangeable wing configurations, it is the first sUAS capable of meeting both man-portable and long-endurance ISRT mission profiles. It can be easily adapted to fit other mission profiles that require industry leading flight endurance and communications capabilities to cast a broad coverage net over single or multiple units in the field.
DARPA SolarEagle 2014
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During testing, the SolarEagle demonstrator will remain in the upper atmosphere for 30 days, harvesting solar energy during the day that will be stored in fuel cells and used to provide power through the night.
Solar powered AUVs
AUV world record - 9,000 nautical mile
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In January 2009, long endurance testing began when a Wave Glider completed a nine-day circumnavigation of Hawai’i's Big Island. Later that year, a pair of Wave Gliders journeyed from Hawai’i to San Diego, an 82-day trip that covered more than 2,500 miles. Since then, Wave Gliders have covered over 250,000 nautical miles, and collected data for dozens of scientific, commercial and security applications.
In December 2012 PacX Wave Glider named “Papa Mau”, completed his 9,000 nautical mile (16,668 kilometers) scientific journey across the Pacific Ocean to set a new world record for the longest distance traveled by an autonomous vehicle. Throughout his journey, Papa Mau navigated along a prescribed route under autonomous control collecting and transmitting unprecedented amounts of high-resolution ocean data never before available over these vast distances or time frames.
Solar powered lawn mower
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Unmanned Solar Vehicles ChallengeUnmanned Solar Challenge, was held in Oct 2012 at Korea Automobile Testing & Research Institute, KATECH. Total of eight vehicle competed in short and long distance tracks.
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