25 Jul '12, 7pm

We Can Slash the Cost of Clean Energy with Robots that Install Solar Panels

Welcome to the Era of the Robots Before us is the monumental task of cleaning up our power grids, and there's no doubt that it'll be a lot easier and faster to do if we can significantly reduce the cost of generating clean energy. With solar photovoltaic (PV), the cost of the panels themselves have been falling rapidly , but those costs are only one part of a whole. If you imagine the cost of solar PV as a pie chart, you have the fraction for the panels that has been shrinking rapidly over the past few decades, but the other costs haven't been, with the biggest one being labor.I recently wrote about how standardizing and simplifying rooftop solar installation could make it much cheaper and more affordable to the average person or corporation. Well, the same is true for large-scale solar farms. Solar panel manufacturers already use advanced machinery to help them be more pr...

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