IN DEPTH: Solar Frontier's robots

Factory manager Kazuki Kakegawa inside Solar Frontier's enormous automated plant

Factory manager Kazuki Kakegawa inside Solar Frontier's enormous automated plant

On top of a hill ringed by low mountains, at the end of a maze of rice paddies, lies a factory so large that the Solar Frontier logo on the side is visible from miles away.

Yet despite being the size of 22 soccer pitches, with an immense production capacity of 900MW, only 150 employees are on duty at any given time. The hard work is done by about 1,000 robotic machines whirring away in a surreal cacophony of hums, bleeps, bells and buzzers.

“I see seldom see people anywhere, just at break times,” says factory manager Kazuki Kakegawa as he shows Recharge around. Conveyor belts overhead whizz unfinished modules on to the next stage of production, while nearby an astonishing robotic arm peels protective sheets off glass Log in to read complete article.

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