30 Mar '15, 9am

These robots take a shine to cleaning solar panels waterlessly #sustainability

These robots take a shine to cleaning solar panels waterlessly #sustainability

Solar panels already face enough technical challenges when it comes to efficiency — that is, the amount of power they produce per module . Israeli robotics startup Ecoppia wants to ensure that dust or other airborne particles don’t compound the problem. Generally speaking, soiled panels can reduce potential production by up to 35 percent, according to the company’s estimates. Ecoppia’s technology, which cleans panels daily through a water-free process that maximizes energy production, can be programmed to combat dirt based on schedules or knowledge of weather conditions. The company actually incorporates data from The Weather Channel into its analytics dashboard, so customers receive severe weather alerts in real time. The most common alternative is manual cleaning, often through cleaning services offered by installers. This is not only time-intensive (it can be performed ...

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