California-based robotic tracker maker QBotix has signed a supply contract with U.K.-based solar developer Castillium wherein the former will provide its Robotic Tracking System (RTS) for use in the latter's pipeline of more than 200 MW of ground-mounted solar photovoltaic projects.
QBotix develops mobile robots for rail-based tracking systems at ground-mounted solar power plants. The current contract calls for the company to supply RTS units to support 45 MW of capacity. QBotix and Castillium expect the first projects to begin construction in the middle of the year.
‘QBotix's innovative approach to reducing the cost of solar tracking technology will improve the financial competitiveness of solar PV projects across the U.K., extending the range of solar PV as commercial pressures increase through reducing tariffs,’ says Derek Mitchell, Castillium's director.
Matt Lugar, QBotix's vice president of sales & marketing, says his company's technology complements Castillium's efforts to optimize solar production on irregular parcels at high latitudes.Â