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CNET News Video: Robots pivot solar panels to face the sun
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CNET News Video: Robots pivot solar panels to face the sun

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Just like a sunflower turns its head toward the sun, smart and efficient solar panels must do the same for maximum energy absorption. CNET's Kara Tsuboi visits Qbotix in Menlo Park, Calif., where the company introduced a new robotic tracking system that mechanically pivots solar panels, saving energy and money.

Solar may be the hot idea and green energy these days but -- deficiency could use a boost. -- the -- plot a new robot that can increase the power output of a single solar panel by up to 40%. By some estimates. Nature is over mother of four inspirations. So. Than the sun flower follows the sun it does that because it wants to get the maximum amount of sunlight on it. So in order to get the maximum energy on the -- of the -- of the sun exactly. Traditionally these dual axis panels are outfitted with costly motors and controllers to do the rotating. But now the rugged -- -- does the heavy lifting. Just like a physician goes from one patient and -- and monitors depletion and it -- that chart. The slow -- go someone tracker to the next and is able to monitor everything about it tracker and send it back to us. Here's a missile -- works okay so the so -- does not approaching and it will pull up and align itself to the station. -- pistons tool stick out engaged the dog years to the system. The computer on board knows exactly where the sun -- an -- just -- -- elevation appointments. And an assault on the zones and an excellent just keeps him personally or about five seconds her -- Two sold bots will work every track and the alternates -- one is adjusting the panels for forty minutes the other won't charge -- a docking station just like this. And that forty minutes one soul but can manage up to 200 panels or 300 kilowatts of energy. Our system a source scalable and it's designed -- modules. That you can build anything from. -- sold -- is compatible with all types of dual axis solar panels and is designed to withstand extreme temperatures. Efficient and inexpensive to deploy the engineers -- -- -- -- are banking on this bright idea. And cemetery on cars two -- cnet.com for CBS news yeah.

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