With over one million panels cleaned, the company's water-free robotic panel cleaning system has eliminated a major hurdle to viable commercial solar energy production - and will be cleaning five million panels a month by end of 2014
HERZELIYA, Israel, May 14, 2014 -- Ecoppia, an innovative developer of autonomous water-free photovoltaic solar panel cleaning solutions, announced today that its commercially-deployed E4 robotic cleaning system has now cleaned over one million panels.
Soiling – the accumulation of dirt and dust on photovoltaic solar panel surfaces – is one of the greatest impediments to solar energy production efficiency, and can reduce solar panel energy output by up to 35%.
Ecoppia - the only market player deployed at this scale - presents a paradigm shift; a move away from existing labor-intensive, water-based, high-risk panel cleaning solutions.
The autonomous energy-independent water-free E4 robots use a soft microfiber and controlled air flow cleaning system to remove 99% of dust daily, keeping panels at optimal production 24/7/365.
"We are proud to have reached this important milestone, as planned, while continuing to exceed customer expectations for reliability and cost-effectiveness," said Eran Meller, Ecoppia CEO. "We are on track to meet and exceed our expansion plans, such that Ecoppia robots will be cleaning 5 million panels a month by the end of the year, while adhering to the highest standards of operational excellence and customer satisfaction," he concluded.
Ecoppia is dedicated to maximizing solar park value creation, by increasing output and lowering production overhead costs. The company's autonomous, water-free, field-proven solar array cleaning solution cost-effectively keeps photovoltaic panels at peak performance, even in the toughest desert conditions. Privately-held, Ecoppia is backed by experienced investment funds and led by energy and robotics experts, with broad and multidisciplinary experience and proven records of success in operations, management, engineering and product development. For more information about Ecoppia please visit www.ecoppia.com.