Can Solar Robots Cut The Cost Of Renewable Energy
Shared on September 04, 2012 written by Todd Woddy under Industry Case Studies
In a corner of a Silicon Valley neighborhood of modest tract homes, robots are quietly at work generating electricity. Behind a high fence a robot glides on a monorail around 20 solar panel arrays attached to steel poles, like WALL-E on a Disneyland ride. (See video below.) The robot, made by Menlo Park, Calif., startup QBotix, stops at each array and an arm pops out and mechanically adjusts the angle of the photovoltaic panels to track the sun through the day and the seasons to maximize electricity production. Such dual-axis systems can boost a solar power plant's electricity production by as much as 45% but they are expensive as each individual array must contain a motor and other mechanical parts. By eliminating individual trackers and letting one battery-powered robot do the job for 200 panel arrays, QBotix claims it can cut costs by 15% while increasing electricity generation by 15%. That would let a solar developer install Qbotix's dual-tracking robotic system for the same ...
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Mobility XE At JEA
Shared on July 20, 2011 written by Josh Hines under Industry Case Studies
JEA is one of the largest municipal utilities in the United States, providing electricity, water and sewer services to more than 750,000 accounts in northeast Florida. In their ongoing effort to improve customer service and reliability they focused recently on optimizing wireless communications for their mobile field personnel. The task is a complex one since no single wireless communications network covers the entire 841 square miles of JEA's service region. When problems arise, JEA's field workers are the first responders for the utility. They handle breaks in water and sewage mains, fix meters, respond to power outages, turn service on and off—even when it's not hurricane season their days are tightly scheduled. Communicating wirelessly makes sense for these first responders, but any wireless system has to meet JEA's criteria: Ensure that mobile workers are getting up-to-the-minute information Secure the workers' communications Allow workers to move from one network to ...
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Case Study: High-Tech Corporate Real Estate
Shared on April 23, 2012 written by USAT Corp. under Industry Case Studies
A large commercial real estate company conducts their tours of available commercial space using a unique method. "We decided to use 30 i-Pads for a presentation using the remote software called Ideaflight. It requires an internet connection to start and then can run on WiFi. This gave us the ability to remotely control the screens of each iPad (known as passengers). There was only one problem: the software only allowed 16 total devices per pilot and we quickly experienced issues when two pilots were on the same network. We found that a CradlePoint Mobile Broadband Router did exactly what we needed for the internet/WFi connection, and we mobilized it in a bag on battery power. We contacted USAT for some advice and to see if they had another available. Upon installing the second CradlePoint, our testing worked flawlessly. The devices were carried hundreds of miles north and the tour went off without a problem."...
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