This solar robot runs along on what looks like a Lilliputian monorail to adjust the panels so they’re getting maximum sun exposure. Only introduced last September, the company is making improvements already.
The jury’s still out on the Qbotix solar tracking system, the one that uses a robot that runs along on what looks like a Lilliputian monorail to adjust the panels so they’re getting maximum sun exposure. It was only introduced last September, after all. But the company isn’t standing still – this week it introduced what it says is a better version, smaller, simpler, more efficient and more reliable.
QBotix said the first version enjoyed “rapid commercial acceptance,” put into service in the first five months of 2013 “at five commercial-scale power plants in California, Arizona, and Japan.” But those plants had a cumulative capacity of just 200 kilowatts, so we’re talking pretty small-scale, considering there are some 1,400 systems in that U.S. alone that have capacities greater than 500 kilowatts.
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