30 Nov '13, 11am

New Robot Cleans Solar Panels Without Rails

The robot that cleans solar panels while autonomously moving on them (source: Sinfonia Technology) Sinfonia Technology Co Ltd announced Nov 26, 2013, that it has developed a robot that autonomously moves around and cleans solar panels at mega-solar (large-scale solar) power plants. Equipped with a battery, it cleans solar panels with a rotary brush and wiper while automatically moving on them and sprinkling washing water stored in its tank. The new robot has a camera and various sensors and autonomously moves around, eliminating the need to install rails. It can clean an area of 100m2 per hour. To clean tilted solar panels on a mounting system, the robot can move on a plane tilted at 5-30°. Even when the surfaces of the panels are wet due to rain, etc, it can move on a plane tilted at 20°. When there is a gap between panels, it can go over a gap of 50cm or less and deal wi...

Full article: http://techon.nikkeibp.co.jp/english/NEWS_EN/20131127/319...

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