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How automation can deliver sustainable solar project O&M in an uncertain environment

In this pv magazine Webinar, learn about the challenges facing O&M provision in 2022 and the role automation can play in delivering the sustainable operation of existing and new PV assets. Leading robotic cleaner supplier Ecoppia will draw on eight years of experience in supplying its robots to projects during the webinar including case studies where robotic cleaning has been deployed.

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How automation can deliver sustainable solar project O&M in an uncertain environment

It can feel that uncertainty is the only constant in 2022 and there is no doubt that supply chains, labor markets, and weather patterns remain severely disrupted. Reducing the number of variables involved in carrying out effective operations and maintenance (O&M) on PV projects can be a strategy to tackle this uncertainty.

The automation of solar asset O&M is one way in which certainty can be delivered and there are numerous windfalls for PV project owners in doing so. These include a dramatic decline in the amount of water consumed on site, significantly reduced labor and organizational costs, and the overcoming of logistical challenges in servicing remote sites.

Given these benefits, the automation of solar park O&M can deliver significant sustainability benefits for project owners. And optimizing park output, getting the most out of an installed system, itself aligns with sustainable values and business practices.

There are also emerging additional benefits from having intelligent devices 24/7 on site at a solar project. With robotic cleaners “up close and personal” with PV modules each day, the information they can collect can allow for proactive maintenance regimes to be put in place – to address reliability issues before they become a problem.

In this pv magazine Webinar, learn about the challenges facing O&M provision in 2022 and the role automation can play in delivering the sustainable operation of existing and new PV assets. Leading robotic cleaner supplier Ecoppia will draw on eight years of experience in supplying its robots to projects during the webinar including case studies where robotic cleaning has been deployed. Independent engineers Everoze will also join the webinar and share experience of pre-construction soiling assessment and ongoing soiling monitoring across a host of marketplaces in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

The webinar will also feature the launch of a first-of-its kind industry survey into automation and PV O&M practices. By participating in the survey and webinar you can be a part of shaping sustainable solar asset management practices today and into the future.

pv magazine Webinar content

  • Soiling measurement and monitoring
  • PV industry trends and impacts on O&M provision
  • Labor, water, and weather challenges to O&M
  • Challenges in deploying robotics in O&M automation
  • Key learnings from 8 years of robotic cleaning provision
  • Adding sensors to cleaning robots and preventative maintenance windfalls
  • Launch and access to the survey
  • Q&A

You can enter questions and comments in the comments window when registering or in the chat during the webinar. This webinar will be moderated by Jonathan Gifford, Editor-in-Chief at pv magazine Global.

Registration for this pv magazine webinar is free of charge.

Speakers

Ziv Ramati Miller | CTO, Ecoppia

Ziv has over 15 years of experience in rapid prototyping including board design, software development, RF communications and algorithm design gained through heading R&D teams in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) intelligence leading technological unit, Modu and Intel. Prior to joining Ecoppia, Ziv served as Head of the electrical engineering department at G.I View and as the Founder and CEO of Z Technological Solutions.

Nicolas Chouleur | Partner, Everoze

Nicolas Chouleur is a partner at Everoze, a technical and commercial energy consultancy specializing in renewables, energy storage and flexibility. He has been working on design, engineering and operating all kinds of PV systems throughout the world since 2006, from residential arrays through to large, utility-scale power plant.

Daniel Liu | Principal Analyst, Power and Renewables, Wood Mackenzie

Daniel is responsible for wind and PV Operations & Maintenance research in Europe and Asia-Pacific. His particular expertise is in operations strategy, OPEX, digital technology and asset management. He joined Wood Mackenzie in 2018 after completing an MBA at London Business School, where he chaired the school’s Energy Conference in 2017.

Moderators

Jonathan Gifford | Editor in chief, pv magazine

While overseeing pv magazine‘s Australian website, Jonathan also reports on equipment supply, thin film and Australasia for the global print edition and online. With a background in broadcast journalism for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Deutsche Welle and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Jonathan has been reporting on environmental and technology issues since 2005. He has been with pv magazine since 2011.

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