Ecoppia deploys its robotic solar panel cleaning solution in southern Israel
16 January, 2017
The company completed the deployment of its water-free, robotic PV panel cleaning solution on the Israel-Jordan Border. Eccopia recently announced its solution will be deployed in yet another site in India
Herzliya, Israel based Ecoppia announced today the full deployment of its E4 robotic solution in the Ketura Solar photovoltaic facility, on the border between Israel and Jordan. The company’s solution was deployed in the jointly-owned EDF RE and Arava Power facility on the southern Israel-Jordan border.
Soiling – the accumulation of dirt and dust on photovoltaic solar panel surfaces – is one of the greatest impediments to solar energy production. Located in the hot southern stretch the Arava desert, between the Gulf of Aqaba and the southern tip of the Dead Sea, Ketura Solar is close to dust-intensive agricultural sites, suffers from frequent sandstorms, and enjoys virtually no rain. Traditional labor-intensive, water-based cleaning solutions are neither cost-effective nor timely, since immediate recovery from sandstorms is mission-critical to maintain the facility’s LCOE.
“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,” said Eran Meller, CEO of Ecoppia. “Cleaning 80 million solar panels in the harshest desert conditions globally, we expect to continue to play a leading role in this growing market,” he concluded.
Taking part in India’s solar revolution
In December, Ecoppia announced that it has reached an agreement with Solairedirect India, subsidiary of energy multinational ENGIE Group, to provide its automated systems within the Bhadla Solar Park in India. The company’s solution will be deployed in 168MW of a 190MW section of the solar park. The entire Bhadla Solar Park will be developed on 10,000 hectares of land and will have a total generation capacity of 2.3GW.
Ecoppia sees the Indian market as a strategic one – the world’s most populous democracy has vowed to support a gradual shift to renewable energy sources – mainly solar energy production. India has set an ambitious solar power target of 100GW by 2022. Solar Power production is planned to grow by 12GW in 2016-2017 and to increase slightly each year until the target is achieved. India’s ambitious plan have led Israeli Ecoppia to open a cutting edge production plant in the subcontinent.