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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Video: Solar + Robots = AWESOME

Written by Katie Fehrenbacher

Combining solar and robots could never be bad (Wall-E!), but at the Solar Power International convention it wasn’t about solar-powered robots as much as it was robotics that can help with the manufacturing and production of solar gear. There were at least four booths touting robotics for stacking solar panels, assembling products and inspecting systems.

We took this short 15-second video of the solar robotic solution from Adept. In the video the Adept Quattro quickly picks up and places the solar products into exact locations, which the company says maximizes productivity and minimizes breakage.

There were also robotics from Reis that appeared to be moving whole solar panels and working on integration:

And there were robotics companies looking to move more substantially into the solar industry, like Staubli, out of Duncan, S.C.

In a sea of solar panels mounted around the show floor, it wasn’t hard to figure out why the conference attendees were crowded around the robots — as one onlooker wisely noted: “People like to watch things that move.”

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