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Iberdrola remotely operates a solar plant in Salamanca with the Antecursor II robot

MADRID, 17 Mar.

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Iberdrola remotely operates a solar plant in Salamanca with the Antecursor II robot


Iberdrola and Arbórea Intellbird, the Salamanca-based technology company that created Arachnocóptero and Antecursor I, are working on the Salamanca-based Villarino solar plant using the Antecursor II robot, capable of remotely and sustainably managing the photovoltaic plants.

The company points out in a statement that the robot operates autonomously anywhere in the world thanks to the satellite coverage of the 'Starlink' network and does so by running solely on renewable electrical energy.

"The revolutionary autonomous vehicle, weighing 285 kg, is completely electric and is built with aerospace alloys. Based on different Arbórea patents, it combines cutting-edge technologies to facilitate the integration of photovoltaic plants in their natural environment, reduce the risks of fire and assess the damage without having to travel to the field, which results in greater efficiency and a very notable reduction in costs and CO2 emissions," underlined the CEO of Arbórea Intellbird, Carlos Bernabeu.

The autonomy of the robot is above 30 hours, which allows inspections of the photovoltaic infrastructure to be carried out, without requiring the intervention of any human operator. This is achieved thanks to a set of high-resolution thermographic sensors that continuously take thousands of measurements of the installation every second.

This large mass of digital data is processed on board through an AI process also patented by Arbórea, based on a combination of hardware and intelligent software developed by the company from Salamanca. The system detects anomalies, evaluates them based on plant conditions and reports early identification of possible hot spots, all in real time.

The result is that the technicians of the company that owns the installation receive on their mobile phones an email with the alert, the position of the anomaly and a thermography with the reference values. To do this, the robot travels through the installation continuously and regularly, monitoring the correct functioning of the panels and the electrical circuit, processing the information on board, detecting anomalies and reporting any value that could lead to deterioration of the elements automatically.

Continuous remote monitoring of the robot's vital signs allows any irregularity to be detected early and all systems to be continually updated, no matter how remote the location in which they operate.