‘Automated field factory’ for solar farm construction

According to Renewable Energy World (05/17/23), Terabase Energy has unveiled how the company plans to use software and automation to revolutionize utility-scale solar project construction. The California-based startup's "Terafab" automated field factory combines a digital twin of the project site, advanced supply chain and inventory management systems, an onsite wireless digital command center, a field-deployed automated assembly line, and specialized installation rovers to allow for automated, 24/7 construction.

With an initial $44 million Series B financing co-led by the Bill Gates platform Breakthrough Energy Ventures and Prelude Ventures with additional participation by SJF Ventures and other existing investors, and $1.9 million from the Department of Energy to develop the robotics system, which delivers, detects, lifts and places photovoltaic modules in the field, Terabase expects to commercially launch its robotic solar field construction solution in 2024.

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