Mortenson contracts with GPS-enabled pile driver to redirect workforce to various other tasks

Sep 20, 2022 11:22 AM ET
  • The solar division at Mortenson has actually introduced a collaboration with Orteco, an Italian-based OEM, to create robotic equipment to advance the building and construction of solar power installations. The new GPS-enabled pile circulation system can run autonomously to exactly position piles across utility-scale solar sites during building.

The new autonomous pile distribution system enables Mortenson to redirect its workforce to various other crucial tasks while quickening the conclusion of the preliminary stages of a solar power project. The machine can free up to 80% of the craft workforce commonly called for to survey and also mark pile circulation points across a utility-scale solar site as well as deliver piles per place. As the project workforce concentrates on subsequent tasks, the autonomous pile circulation system, which stands up to 100 steel piles at once, can begin to position piles in precise placements to prepare for the pile driving procedure.

Mortenson is additionally a leader in using semi-automated pile driving modern technology in solar power building and construction, a process that calls for about 50% of the workforce contrasted to standard pile driving techniques common in the market today.

When made use of together, the autonomous pile circulation system and also semi-automated pile driving machines help in reducing cost and also danger of injuries, free much-needed workers for various other important building tasks, as well as reduces the total time of delivering solar installments.

" Solar power is a very affordable organization, as well as we are committed to leveraging arising innovations to speed up a clean power future," stated Trent Mostaert, vice head of state of automation at Mortenson. "Smartly releasing our readily available workforce on the best aspects of a project as well as utilizing industry-leading technology to enhance security and efficiency in other areas makes this a reality."

Mortenson has been on a transformational journey for a number of years currently, committed to creating as well as utilizing new technologies as well as procedures when believed to be impossible, to develop new renewable energy projects much faster, safer, and more price effectively. The autonomous pile circulation system is a second-generation style of the technology innovations Mortenson is helping to create to fulfill these goals.

"The solar sector is swiftly maturing as well as set to experience a substantial increase of new financial investment and also growth of over 500% over the following few years. At Mortenson, we are preparing to take these challenges head-on and also identify that a real sign of the expanding maturation and also class of an industry is the growth of customized devices especially designed for the demands of the market," stated Eric Grenz, vice president and also basic supervisor of Mortenson's Solar organization.

"Orteco is proud to have partnered with Mortenson for the design of this cutting-edge machine. We give thanks to the Mortenson team for the strong collaboration and for the ongoing opportunities to work together. We recognize considerable growth within the American market and also look forward to continuing our advancement of existing as well as new items as well as want to the future with strategies as well as self-confidence. The renewable energy market is anticipated to continue expanding as a result of the present globally circumstance. Orteco, with its partners including Equitec Innovation, our supplier for the united state as well as Canada, will remain to occupy the difficulty to layout and build machines that fulfill our customer's requirements for efficiency, safety and security and autonomy," stated Gianluca Pellegrini CEO, Orteco-- S.R.L.

Both the autonomous pile circulation system as well as semi-automated pile driving machine are in-use on current Mortenson projects in the United States.

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