Mortenson deploys robotic battery-dispensing system to speed up construction of solar projects

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The GPS system is capable of holding up to 100 steel piles. Picture: Mortenson.

Mortenson has partnered with Italian manufacturer Orteco to develop robotic equipment capable of accelerating the construction of solar photovoltaic power plants.

Mortenson, a US engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) provider, said the new stand-alone battery distribution system can reduce the cost of new solar installations while allowing workers to be redirected to other tasks.

Capable of holding up to 100 steel piles, the GPS-enabled system can operate autonomously to position piles at large-scale solar sites during construction.

Mortenson also uses semi-automated pile driving technology in the construction of solar projects, a process that requires about 50% of the labor compared to traditional pile driving methods, according to the company.

“When used together, the self-contained pile delivery system and semi-automated pile driving machines help reduce costs and risk of injury, free up much-needed workers for other critical construction tasks, and reduce the overall delivery time of solar installations,” Mortenson said in a press release.

The self-contained pile delivery system and semi-automated pile driving machine are used on current Mortenson PV projects in the United States.

Last year, energy company AES Corporation launched an artificial intelligence-powered robot to help workers on photovoltaic project construction sites by lifting, placing and securing solar modules.

Dubbed Atlas, the robot’s artificial intelligence allows it to be trained on different combinations of structures and solar panels, according to AES, which detailed the robot’s development in a feature article here.

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