Renewable Energy EPC Blattner Company signed an agreement with Sarcos Technology and Robotics Corp. Develop and refine Sarcos’ autonomous mobile robotic system designed to optimize employee safety and increase installation efficiency of solar panels for utility-scale solar projects.
Laura Peterson, interim president and CEO of Sarcos, said: “Like many industries, the solar construction industry has experienced a severe labor shortage since COVID-19. “I haven’t recovered yet,” he said. “Our autonomous robotic solar construction system is expected to alleviate these workforce challenges while increasing the safety and speed of the entire solar installation process,” she said.
Given the labor shortage and the labor-intensive solar installation process, robotic technology has become an integral part of global efforts to increase solar power output. According to SEIA, Annual solar installations will need to increase by 60% by 2030 to meet climate change targets, and nearly 800,000 new solar workers will be needed to reach this target becomes. Robotics has the potential to improve worker productivity, reduce labor pressure in this market, and improve workplace safety at the same time. Blattner is committed to finding safe and effective solutions to meet the aggressive climate goals outlined while providing a positive and healthy working environment for our ever-growing project teams. This partnership is intended to meet the objectives of both parties.
“We are very excited about the use of robots in solar construction to address the labor shortages, productivity and safety challenges that are currently slowing progress in the U.S. solar effort. We are optimistic,” said Matt Hudsel, senior manager of innovation development at Blattner. . “We are working with Sarcos to improve the autonomous robotic solar construction system and are fully committed to bringing our country one step closer to achieving our clean energy goals.”
Funded through support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO), the initiative builds on the Sarcos Outdoor Photovoltaic Panel (O-AMPP) project aimed at streamlining the solar plant construction process. become a thing. . This robotic system is designed and developed to deliver, detect, lift and install PV modules on-site for the following purposes:
- Increased worker safety and productivity: The O-AMPP system allows smaller installation teams to install a significantly higher percentage of modules while optimizing safety.
- Increase construction speed: The O-AMPP system increases the installation speed of PV modules, which is the most labor-intensive task in building a PV site.
- Improved installation quality: Robotic handling of modules ensures consistent support and positioning of modules as they are picked up and placed, resulting in less module breakage.
Sarcos and Blattner are collaborating to evaluate and further refine the technology, functionality and safety of this system through a series of field trials that will be conducted over the next few years, with Blattner contributing funding, expertise and testing. We will provide the equipment. The two companies plan to test the system at different sites and with different environmental conditions in preparation for the commercial launch of Sarcos’ system, currently estimated in late 2024.
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