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QBotix Tracking System Uses Mobile Robots to Operate Solar Power Plants

QBotix has launched the QBotix Tracking System (QTS). Based on strong, intelligent and mobile robots, this all-inclusive dual-axis tracking system can run activate solar power plants leading to maximum energy output.

At conventional single-axis tracking costs, QTS delivers superior performance and energy output of dual-axis tracking. QTS brings 40% increase in energy production of ground-mounted solar power plants than existing fixed mount systems, while showing 20% reduction in Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE). QTS also ensures rapid installation, reduced operations and maintenance costs, leading to improved return on investment and adopts with any solar panels and mounting foundations.

A new paradigm created by QBotix: Solar Robotics for power plant architecture and operation forms the basis of QTS.

QBotix has invested $6.5 M in a Series A financing from Firelake Capital, New Enterprise Associates, DFJ JAIC, and Siemens Venture Capital, increasing the company’s capital to $7.5 M. The company integrates solar industry experts and robotics innovators from MIT, Silicon Valley, Stanford and Caltech.

Siemens Technology-To-Business has declared about its successful accomplishment of its qualification of QTS for deployment.

QTS throws light on the configuration of all solar tracking systems. QTS deploys a couple of autonomous robots, one back-up and one primary for precisely controlling 300 kW of solar panels. The solar panels are mounted on QBotix designed mounting systems without any individual motors. The robots navigate on a track, regulating each mounting system for facing the sun in sequence. Each robot effectively replaces several components on conventional tracking systems. Each autonomous robot includes embedded intelligence and data communication potential that helps regulating power plant performance, resulting in superior, detailed operational knowledge.

QTS features dual-axis tracking at single-axis pricing, system level intelligence, technological flexibility, and fast and easy installation, and is now being offered for commercial deployments.

Source: http://www.qbotix.com/

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