Large-scale assembly of solar power plants with parallel cable robots

Conference: ISR/ROBOTIK 2010 - ISR 2010 (41st International Symposium on Robotics) and ROBOTIK 2010 (6th German Conference on Robotics)
06/07/2010 - 06/09/2010 at Munich, Germany

Proceedings: ISR/ROBOTIK 2010

Pages: 6Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Pott, Andreas; Meyer, Christian; Verl, Alexander (Fraunhofer IPA, Nobelstrasse 12, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany)

Nowadays there are very little robot systems in operation in the field of large-scale assembly mostly due to lack of repetitive processes or shortcomings in programming and configuring such robots. It is foreseen that the construction, assembly, and operation of large-scale solar power plants will be an important challenge to achieve a sustainable energy supply for Europe. In this paper we propose a robot concept that allows to automate the final assembly of solar power plants on-site. The system is based on a cable-driven parallel robot which can outperform industrial robots by more than one order of magnitude in terms of workspace and payload. Thus, it allows for on-site automatic installation of solar panels.