November 2, 2016

Solar Farm Cleaning Robot product development

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Our primary goal is to create a device that is capable of purifying solar panels and other similar flat surfaces, in an eco-friendly, energy-efficient and cost-effective manner, and of course, it meets the regulatory standards as well.

Our Solar Panel Cleaner Robot idea only requires a minimized amount of water, a small place to store and it can be operated at low energy costs. This multifunctional tool can be transported easily and its use is extremely cost effective. The foundation of our device is our proprietary cleaning roller that cleans surfaces easily in a wide zone with the assistance of a special microfiber cloth. The device is autonomous, its operation does not require any water or energy supply hoses, and therefore, it is perfectly suitable for cleaning even at those places where electricity or water supply is not resolved.

The subject of our invention is a device and a procedure for the cleaning of solar cell panels, which may be used advantageously for the efficient cleaning of the contaminated surfaces of solar cell panels with minimal water usage, independent power supply, on industrial scale and without any pre-installed system – in a quasi autonomous manner – by softening the contamination and removing it by wiping with a soft wiping material.

The aims: 1. to supply the demands of the solar panel industry by providing them with a technology that reduces the use of water in solar panel cleaning. By this, solar energy would become a more efficient and also a cleaner energy source (since by washing the solar panels a great deal of the water used gets back into the soil). 2. to enhance the energy efficiency of the solar panels. By extension, increasing solar-panel efficiency would increase the usage of solar panels, which would reduce CO2 emission, waste water, and also the amount of waste.

The problem: in order for the solar panels to work economically the adequate cleansing of the panels is essential. The lack of purification can cause up to 10-15 per cent loss in efficiency, depending on the degree of contamination. Our product is a response to the need we identified through our extensive market research and the feedback given by the industry. Based on these, available devices on the market are mainly water wasting and anachronistic, and they do not meet the expectations and the requirements of the solar farms. In fact, the industrial consumption of drinking-water has a decisive influence on the continuous decrease of Earth’s available water supply; in some areas the lack of water causes daily problems.

The project will be implemented by the project coordinator and a Norwegian research foundation, SINTEF. The implementation of this project according to the preliminary calculations will take one year.