Busy Robot Helpers Buzz Through Energy Efficiency Challenges
EV batteries are smaller, lighter, more powerful, less expensive, and longer lasting than ever before. The world is their oyster, and that includes drones and other off-road equipment. That, apparently, gave the US Department of Energy the bright idea of holding a competition to see who could come up with the best robot that can fly, crawl, or skitter around buildings and perform energy efficiency retrofits. Electric robots that poke around buildings are not quite as sexy as a zero emission Maserati, but the decarbonization payoff is a planet-saver.
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The E-ROBOT Prize For Energy Efficiency
The E-ROBOT Prize is a $5 million competition that launched in November 2020 as part of the American…