Ecoppia, the world-leading developer of automatic, water-free photovoltaic solar panel cleaning solutions, announced today the full deployment of its E4 robotic solution in the Ketura Solar photovoltaic facility, on the border between Israel and Jordan. The deployment in the jointly-owned EDF RE and Arava Power facility reinforces the company’s leadership position in the region, and joins a growing list of successful Ecoppia deployments worldwide.
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.
Ecoppia is the only solution able to restore an entire site to peak energy production in just hours – without water or external electricity consumption.
“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.
About EDF Renewable Energy
EDF Renewable Energy is a market leader in renewable energy electricity, with a portfolio of more than 9 GW gross installed capacity focused for the most part on wind and solar photovoltaic energy. Mostly operating in Europe and North America, EDF Renewable Energy continues its development by taking strong positions in promising emerging areas such as Brazil, Chile, China, India or South Africa. EDF Renewable Energy manages renewable energy projects’ development and construction as well as operation and maintenance for its own account and for third parties. Renewable Energy is a subsidiary of the EDF Group dedicated to renewable energy.
About Arava Power
Arava Power, a pioneer in the field of solar energy, established the first commercial solar field in Israel in 2011 in Kibbutz Ketura. Since then seven additional solar fields have been established and connected to the national grid, including the 40 MW Ketura Solar project. Fifteen additional projects are presently in various stages of development. The Partners in the company include Global Sun Partners (founders and owners), Phoenix Insurance and JNF-KKL.
Ecoppia designs and produces innovative photovoltaic panel cleaning solutions to cost-effectively maximize the performance of utility-scale installations. The company’s water-free, automated technology removes dust from panels on a daily basis to ensure peak output, even in the toughest desert conditions. Supported by a robust control unit, systems can be remotely programmed and managed to minimize O&M costs. Ecoppia is a privately held organization, backed by prominent and experienced international investment funds and led by a team of energy and robotics experts.