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Below are some featured stories on how Alion Energy is accelerating solar energy:
Alion Energy is ready to use its machines in three projects in the next few months in California, Saudi Arabia and China. If all goes well, executives expect that they can help bring the price of solar electricity into line with that of natural gas by cutting the cost of building and maintaining large solar installations.
[Alion Energy] has the potential to substantially lower installation times and costs through standardized and automated development processes that use fewer components. From an O&M perspective, the firm’s cleaning robots offer a means for maintaining higher panel efficiencies, particularly in challenging, dusty desert settings.
“Alion Energy’s disruptive robotic installation technology lowers solar’s electricity costs to price points that can compete with other energy sources such as natural gas,” said Frost & Sullivan Research Manager Vishal Sapru. “Alion Energy’s technology gives utilities the flexibility to diversify their generation portfolio and add more solar to their total generation mix.”
At Intersolar North America, solar PV mounting systems manufacturers presented interesting innovations and new designs. One novel approach to reducing the cost of metal structural materials in mounting systems came from Alion Energy, which is now demonstrating its ground-oriented mounting system made of extruded concrete, into which panels are epoxied. The company uses one proprietary robot to form the concrete and affix the modules, and then uses another robot, when needed, to ride the concrete rail and clean the modules.
Alion Energy wants to automate solar PV power plant construction.
Sequoia-backed Alion Seeks Funding for Solar-Installing Robots
Alion, based in Richmond, California, is developing machinery that automates the installation of solar farms, reducing required labor by as much as 75 percent and doing the work twice as fast as a normal crew.
Robots designed to install concrete frames, clean panels in utility-scale power projects.
This week, California company Alion Energy announced its intent to push for efficiency in an entirely different area through the introduction of a two-part automated solution to the construction and maintenance of large-scale solar energy farms.
Alion Energy has officially transformed from its origins in thin-film manufacturing, to now offering a way to significantly streamline utility-scale solar plant construction, using robots.
This company’s process builds solar photovoltaic panels into a sort of ramp structure that uses fewer materials to put together than other methods, and the entire process is done with robots.