Trina Solar US Development Company, a subsidiary of PV company Trina Solar, has entered into a collaboration agreement with start-up firm QBotix in order to develop an intelligent tracker and module solution.

As a result, Trina Solar will become the first company to utilise mobile, intelligent rugged robotics for the operation of solar power plants.

Under the agreement, the companies will work together to develop a scalable “building block” design solution which incorporates Trina Solar’s modules with QBotix’s QBotix Tracking System (QTS).

Introduced at Intersolar Europe in June 2012, the QTS is a dual-axis tracking system that employs rugged, intelligent and mobile robots to dynamically operate solar power plants and maximise energy output.

The companies will also work together to test the solution in commercial projects within the US and outside the US. The QTS tracking system is currently being advance field-tested in commercial deployments in California, Arizona and Japan.

Wasiq Bokhari, CEO of QBotix, said: "We are looking forward to working with Trina Solar to deploy PV systems combining Trina modules and our breakthrough QTS platform to dramatically lower installation times and LCOE, and to provide unprecedented system level intelligence for the solar industry."

Randy Wu, Trina Solar's General Manager, Project Development, Americas, added: "We are both pleased and excited to team with QBotix, whose solution is capable of playing a vital role in lowering energy production costs for our in-house and customer project portfolios. This collaboration is in line with our focus to partner with leading technology developers to enhance the quality and performance advantages of our products."