Terabase introduces “Digital Field Factory” concept for solar construction



Terabase energyThe company that offers digital and automation solutions for solar power plants is launching Terafab, an automated, digital field factory for solar construction.

Terafab says it uses a modern factory approach, which doubles installation productivity compared to traditional methods. The Terafab system combines a digital duplicate of the project site, advanced supply chain and warehouse management systems, an on-site wireless digital command center, an automated field-use assembly line and specialized assembly booths for seamless 24/7 operations.

The company says the main benefits of Terafab are as follows:

  • Faster construction: Efficient, 24/7 operation and modularity enable quick ramps and higher solar field construction speeds, reducing project timelines;
  • Improved worker health and safety: Terafab eliminates the physical safety risk of construction workers lifting solar panels and steel structures by leveraging automation on a climate-controlled assembly line;
  • Labor shortage relief: Terafab doubles labor productivity, solving the current labor shortage in the solar industry;
  • Lower construction costs: Terafab’s installation efficiency and time savings lower total project costs, allowing for lower flat energy costs;
  • Scalability: The modular structure can be duplicated and deployed quickly.

“We successfully field tested Terafab last year by building 10 MW of a 400 MW plant in Texas,” says Matt Campbell, CEO and co-founder of Terabase Energy. “(This) launch is the next step forward in rapid commercial scale.”

“Our partnership with Terabase not only brings advanced mounting technology to our next-generation Series 7 solar module, but also enables a closed-loop packaging recycling system,” adds Nick Strevel, Product Director, First Solar.

Terabase recently opened a Terafab manufacturing facility in Woodland, California — “a factory for making factories,” the company says. The Woodland facility is currently producing the first gigawatt of Terafab assembly lines with a capacity of over 10 GW Terafabs per year.

The Terafab system will be put into commercial use in several projects from the beginning of this year.

David is a passionate writer and researcher who specializes in solar energy. He has a strong background in engineering and environmental science, which gives him a deep understanding of the science behind solar power and its benefits. David writes about the latest developments in solar technology and provides practical advice for homeowners and businesses who are interested in switching to solar.

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