RE2 Robotics obtains $1.9 million in DOE financing for automated photovoltaic panel placement on utility-scale projects

Mar 2, 2021 07:13 PM ET
  • RE2 Robotics has actually been chosen for $1.9 million in financing from the UNITED STATE Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to create a robotic system for the Outdoor Autonomous Manipulation of Photovoltaic Panels (O-AMPP).

" RE2 will utilize its considerable experience and also technical foundation in independent control to tailor as well as integrate a robot arm for this program," claimed Dr. Amanda Sgroi, major study scientist. "Our artificial intelligence and expert system modules, RE2 Spot as well as RE2 Intellect, will be put on make sure that the system can autonomously adjusting as well as putting PV modules to build a solar field."

The O-AMPP program will certainly allow RE2 to use its exterior, self-governing robotic modern technology, which utilizes computer system vision and machine-learning methods, to the solar construction market. RE2's mobile robotic arm ability will be optimized to sustain transfer, adjustment as well as positioning of PV components to boost the process for solar field assembly.

The Solar Energy Technologies Office Fiscal Year 2020 (SETO 2020) funding program sustains projects that will certainly improve the price, dependability and also value of solar modern technologies on the UNITED STATE grid and also deal with emerging difficulties in the solar market. Particularly, RE2's program falls under the Technologies in Production-- Equipment Incubator. These modern technologies will certainly decrease the expenses of solar energy modern technologies, assist in the protected integration of solar electrical power onto the grid, and also support a solid U.S. solar manufacturing sector as well as supply chain.

" Our goal is to supply the solar industry with a new resource to speed up building and construction," stated Jorgen Pedersen, president as well as Chief Executive Officer. "The solar building and construction procedure is primarily manual today, with large amounts of repeated tasks across huge projects. Developing technologies that make the process more efficient will serve to make solar a much more financial resource of energy for the future. Nevertheless, using RE2's mobile intelligent control technology, we look for to enhance labor performance, boost employee safety and security, reduce building and construction prices, and also improve the efficiency and also high quality of installment. It is feasible that through this innovative robot idea, solar energy may come to be a lot more available to all."

RE2 will certainly companion with numerous sector leaders, including AES Corp., Array Technologies, JLG Industries, Mortenson, as well as Pratt Miller to give the solar sector with robot building capacities.