The amount and nature of desert dust determines whether daily cleaning of solar modules is a favorable option. However, frequent and water-intensive cleaning, as well as the amount of labor required, can be costly in desert installations. But the ingenuity of automation is on its way to help.
Ecoppia’s T4 robot at the Ketura PV farm in Israel. The model features combined microfiber and air flow cleaning. Its software can also help O&M crews to detect broken panels and self-optimize cleaning modes.
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