Clean solar panels through the use of smart drones

Abeje Y. Mersha, Associate Professor Saxion University of Applied Sciences: "Our MARS4Earth (Modular Aerial Robotic Systems for Sustainable living on Earth) Project has been granted SIA funding. This project is a four year collaborative research project between knowledge institutes , Field Labs and Public-Private partners."

The research mainly focuses on the question of whether it is possible to develop a prototype of a modular and completely autonomous aerial manipulator that can physically interact with a realistic outdoor environment. In essence, the aerial manipulator acts as "arms and hands in the air," which can be used for both active and passive aerial interaction. The applicability of this technology will be demonstrated in three chosen application domains , inspection and maintenance (maintenance of offshore windmill and cleaning solar panels), agriculture (selective treatment of plants) and Safety and Security (active fire-fighting).