German Company Developing Robots to Automate Installation of Solar Panels
…companies such as PV Kraftwerker and Gehrlicher in Germany are developing mobile robots that can automatically install ground-mounted solar panels day and night, in all sorts of weather.
PV Kraftwerker’s robot is designed to assemble power-plant-grade solar panels, which are four times the size of the ones you’d see on a home. The main idea is to save money on labor, which accounts for a growing fraction of the cost of solar power as panels get cheaper.
…installations that used to require 35 workers can now be done with just three workers in an eighth the time. For a 14-megawatt solar plant, the company estimates, it might cost about $2 million to install the panels manually. Using the robot could cut that cost by nearly half.
The company says that the robot, which lists for $900,000, could pay for itself in less than a year of steady use.
(via These Robots Install Solar Panels - Technology Review)