RE2 Robotics, a developer of intelligent mobile robotic manipulation systems, has received $1.9 million from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office to develop a robotic system for the outdoor autonomous manipulation of photovoltaic panels (O-AMPP).

Through the O-AMPP program, the developer of intelligent mobile robotic manipulation systems will apply its robotic technology to the solar construction industry.

“RE2 will utilize its extensive experience and technological foundation in autonomous manipulation to customize and integrate a robotic arm for this program,” Dr. Amanda Sgroi, principal research scientist at RE2 Robotics, said in a statement. “Our machine-learning and artificial intelligence modules, RE2 Detect and RE2 Intellect, will be applied to ensure that the system is capable of autonomously manipulating and placing PV modules to construct a solar field.”