Terabase Energy has launched Terafab, the world’s first automated, digital field factory for solar power plant construction. Terafab aims to transform the way solar power plants are built with construction automation and digitisation. The Woodland, California, Terafab manufacturing facility, a “factory to make factories,” is currently manufacturing the first gigawatt of Terafab assembly lines, with a capacity to build more than 10 GW of Terafabs per year.
The system combines a digital twin of the project site, advanced supply chain and inventory management systems, an onsite wireless digital command centre, a field-deployed automated assembly line, and specialised installation rovers. The key benefits of Terafab include faster construction, improved worker health and safety, alleviation of labour shortages, reduced construction cost, and scalability. The system supports the solar industry's exponential growth, leveraging a modular design that can be replicated and deployed quickly. Terafab has been successfully field-tested, building 10 MW of a 400 MW site in Texas. Terafab will be commercially deployed on several projects starting in Q3 2023.
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