Robotic Solar Tracking System

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)