Ecoppia (Herzliya, Israel) a developer of automated, water-free solar photovoltaic (PV) panel cleaning solutions, on December 7th, 2016 announced an agreement with Solairedirect India, subsidiary of energy multinational ENGIE Group (Paris) to deploy its automated system in the 10,000-hectare, 2,255 MW Bhadla solar park in Jodhpur, Rajasthan India.
Ecoppia’s solution will be deployed on a production capacity of 168 MW out of the total 190 MW capacity.
Located in a vast desert area, Bhadla Solar Park is prone to frequent dust storms, which can reduce solar power generation by as much as 40% in a matter of minutes. Traditional labor-intensive, water-based panel cleaning solutions are neither cost-effective nor timely when immediate recovery from sandstorms is mission-critical to maintain LCOE, Ecoppia emphasizes.
To alleviate the production loss associated with soiling and maintain panels at peak performance year-round, Engie’s site in Bhadla will be cleaned nightly by Ecoppia robots.
With the deployment of Ecoppia across its site, ENGIE is expected to save over 1.5 billion of liters of water, and reduce its operating expenses drastically.
”We expect to harness Ecoppia’s revolutionary cleaning system to dramatically raise output and lower costs. This type of technological breakthrough not only benefits our own business interests, but the solar energy sector as a whole,” said Gaurav Sood, Managing Director of Solairedirect India.