Israel-based company Ecoppia has deployed its E4 robotic photovoltaic (PV) panel cleaning solution at the 40MWp Ketura solarpower project in the Middle East.
Located on the border between Israel and Jordan, the Ketura project is owned jointly by US-based EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) and Israel-based solar energy company Arava Power.
Ecoppia's chief executive officer Eran Meller said: “We’re pleased to bring the experience gained over four years of cleaning in multiple sites in the Middle East to this important facility in the region.
“Cleaning 80 million solar panels in the harshest desert conditions globally, we expect to continue to play a leading role in this growing market.”
With completion of the deployment, the Middle East solar facility will be completely installed with Ecoppia's robotic water-free cleaning system.
Soiling causes the accumulation of dirt and dust on PV solar panel surfaces, which is a major hindrance to the smooth generation of solarpower.
Ketura is located in the hot southern Arava desert between the Gulf of Aqaba and the southern end of the Dead Sea. It is also affected by frequent sandstorms and receives very little rain throughout the year.
Traditional labour-intensive, water-based cleaning systems fail to provide cost-effective and timely solution to the issues. In order to maintain the power plant’s levelised cost of energy (LCOE), Ecoppia’s E4 robotic solution is the only way to restore peak energy production at the site in a few hours.