Robotic Solar Tracking System
Development of Autonomous Soft Robotic Solar Tracking System for Building-Integrated Photovoltaic Applications.
- 20% of greenhouse gas emissions comes from building operation.
- Building integrated PV can provide building energy needs.
- Solar tracker can make PV around 40% more efficient.
- Adaptive solar facade can achieve energy efficiency while still responding to occupant’s desire.
Why soft robotic solar tracker?
- Light weight and higher power-to-weight ratio
- Muscle-like actuation
- Easy, low cost fabrication
Wei Gao (PI) - Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
(Mechanical Design and Materials)
Pranav A. Bhounsule (Co-PI) - Assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer and Mechanical Engineering
(Control and Robotics)
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