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What is claimed to be Europe’s first Solar PV system to use robotic trackers to follow the sun’s path has been completed and connected at a community college in Northern Ireland. 

UK based Solar PV project developer Castillium has connected the 48kW project at South West College, in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. It will supply power to the CREST (Centre for Renewable Energy & Sustainable Technology) Passive Pavilion and, following a deal announced in January this year, has been equipped with robotic tracking made by US start-up QBotix. The system is designed to meet the entire annual energy demand of the building, making CREST Passive Pavilion carbon neutral.

The robotic tracking system travels on rails between the system’s photovoltaic (PV) panels, in theory capturing the maximum available solar irradiation throughout the day. According to Castillium, the system has already drawn interest from other countries including Australia. 

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