Robots pivot solar panels to face the sun 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.

23 thoughts on “Robots pivot solar panels to face the sun”

  1. heh. I wonder how much money this team *cough* wasted *cough* I mean “banked” on this being a success?

  2. making weapons is more important if not everyone in the world will attack the usa and we will all be dead

  3. undercoverfilmer00v

    Heck yeah… why don’t we see that more often? There ARE more of you guys aren’t there? Why does it take every couple of years to see a sighting of one of those cute little hats?

  4. It’s possible to come up with way better solutions to our energy problem, but most of the greatest minds in the world are being paid to develop weapons technology for modern warfare

  5. It’s way cheaper this way with the solbot going to each panel and changing it instead of having a motorized mechanism built in every solar panel and controlled with a computer. Just like its cheaper to outsource jobs to India!!!

  6. Why does the bot have to move? Y cant it just sit in one corner and crank a lever to turn all at once? – even cheaper – forget the bot as well, just connect it to some weights and it will turn automatically with time like a old weighted clock since the sun is going to be passing by in the same speed.

  7. there is no computer that knows where to adjust the solar panels.
    yes that could work but it would just sit there and there are no sensors to determine where the sun is so it could not move and face the sun correctly

  8. Government perpetuated solar panel bullcrap keeping you on the mousewheel of tech advancement embargo. Go ahead keep pointing that shit at the sun, they’re only laughing at us as they pass carbon tax laws while making it seem like we’re making a difference. You need to see what we’re capable of:


  9. because then A REAL PERSON would have to operate it and the whole point of a robot is to eliminate most of the HUMAN factor. AND we could not get it as exactly pointed in the right direction AND that would be a really annoying job right?, doing that ALL day.

  10. search for some full length documentaries about him and his ideas on YT and you will see how ridiculous we look today with this crap.

  11. every solar panel then needs an expensive motor. with the robot only one is needed so its less expensive.

  12. Cool… But Why Not Just Put A Motor Inside All The Solar Panels and Have Them Turn By Themselves via Remote?

  13. I say just develop more energy efficient motors that can adjust the elevation and azimuth, so they can adjust the panels in unison… rather than this robot thing…

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