At big utility-scale facilities, robots and automation can help with the unloading and placement of solar panels into racks. Outside, autonomous robotic technology can help make the process of building solar fields more efficient.

Fremont, CA: As the world grapples with decreasing oil supplies and the need to reduce carbon emissions, disruptive technology like robots and automation can play a critical role in the expansion of renewable energy. Robotics and automation can optimize the processes involved in renewable energy generation, notably for solar energy sources, according to current applications and research, resulting in higher productivity and cost savings.

Solar Panel Placement

Robots and automation can assist in the unloading and placement of solar panels into racks at large utility-scale locations. The process of assembling solar fields can be made more efficient thanks to outside, autonomous robotic technology. Furthermore, because of the delicate nature of solar cells and wafers, high-speed impact robots are more appropriate and softer than manual handling, resulting in higher throughputs with a higher yield. Robots assist, rather than replace, solar installation crews, allowing utility-scale contractors to minimize enormous quantities of repetitive jobs, enhance productivity, boost worker safety, and create more MegaWatt-hours, faster.

Solar Panel Maintenance and Cleaning

Important jobs, such as clearing dust from solar cells, can be automated with the help of self-cleaning robots, which would otherwise be dangerous for humans. Dust reduction is crucial in high-dust-density countries like the Middle East to maximize incident irradiance on the panel and ensure the solar panels produce maximum power output and energy yield. A water-free self-cleaning technology can save billions of liters of water throughout the life of a plant in arid climates.

Solar Power Systems Manufacturing

When compared to human participation, robots in the PV manufacturing process offer a substantial contribution due to their potential to significantly lower costs while improving precision and accuracy. Manufacturers may use robots and automation to make smarter and faster production decisions, increasing precision, lowering production costs, and boosting productivity. Silicon ingots, solar cells, silicon modules, and silicon wafers are just a few examples of fragile components that can be manufactured with high precision using robotic automation.