Thursday, 11 July 2013

Monorail-Riding Robots

Fleets of battery-powered robots could zip along monorails installed in solar arrays, tweaking individual panels’ angles so they follow the sun across the sky. This could be cheaper than installing actuators on every solar panel so they track the sun, according to a new robotics startup. Robots can make everything easier!
A company called QBotix aims to make solar panels more efficient and more affordable just based on their infrastructure, which is one of the technology’s main challenges. Stationary solar arrays don’t gather as much sun as possible because, well, the sun moves. 
They can instead be designed to follow the sun’s path across the sky like sunflowers, harvesting light all day long as opposed to the few hours when the sun beats down at the right angle. But this is more expensive.