Robotics are making a move in the world of solar. Earth2Tech has video and pictures of cleantech robotics from Solar Power International in San Diego.

Combining solar and robots could never be bad (Wall-E!), but at the Solar Power International convention it wasn’t about solar-powered robots as much as it was robotics that can help with the manufacturing and production of solar gear. There were at least four booths touting robotics for stacking solar panels, assembling products and inspecting systems.

We took this short 15-second video of the solar robotic solution from Adept. In the video the Adept Quattro quickly picks up and places the solar products into exact locations, which the company says maximizes productivity and minimizes breakage.

There were also robotics from Reis that appeared to be moving whole solar panels and working on integration:

And there were robotics companies looking to move more substantially into the solar industry, like Staubli, out of Duncan, S.C.

In a sea of solar panels mounted around the show floor, it wasn’t hard to figure out why the conference attendees were crowded around the robots — as one onlooker wisely noted: “People like to watch things that move.”

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  1. I’m starting a company called SoGay. It’s a solar segway.

    Vote yes on Prop 69.

  2. Seriously…I saw the Adept robots at InterSolar…super cool.

  3. Now that was most impressive!


  4. Solar technology is definitely on the rise, I bet Adept is doing really well right now. They have an impressive looking robot.


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  6. Adept robotics is basically dead compared to ABB, Fanuc, and some of the other industry leaders. That picker bot is basically a rip off of the ABB one (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxsgu_uzxQQ).

    It will be interesting to see if they can pull this off. For one the robots run off 480v and suck down some mad wattage, especially any of them that lift anything heavy like ones used in a body shop.

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