Ecoppia, the world-leading developer of fully autonomous, water-free photovoltaic solar panel cleaning solutions, announced the deployment of hundreds of its automated systems in the 120MW Ze’elim photovoltaic facility, owned by Shikun & Binui Energy.
Located in the Negev desert, the Ze’elim site suffers from massive soiling rates and frequent sandstorms. This makes traditional labor-intensive, water-based cleaning solutions neither cost-effective nor timely – since immediate recovery from sandstorms is mission-critical to maintain facility LCOE, yet existing solutions can take up to two weeks in a site this scale.
Shikun & Binui Energy is expected to save over 150 million of liters of water and reduce its operating expenses drastically with the deployment of Ecoppia across its site.
“Shikun & Binui Energy has ambitious plans for solar in the Middle East and globally. Our project in Zeelim is the largest PV project built in Israel, for which we chose the advanced Ecoppia Solution” said Jean Scemama , CEO of Shikun & Binui Energy. “Ecoppia was chosen based on its unparalleled experience in this challenging geography, as well as their proven results and strong commitment to success – which we recognized in our previous joint project,” he concluded.
About Shikun & Binui Energy
Shikun & Binui Energy is a leading player in the domain of energy generation in Israel. It owns close to 200MW PV projects expected to be operational by 2019-year-end. In addition, it owns 50% of the 121MW solar thermal projects in Ashalim, and develops numerous other projects in Israel and abroad. The company is fully owned by Shikun & Binui. Shikun & Binui is Israel’s leading infrastructure and real estate group. The Group’s companies are involved in large-scale projects in Israel and abroad, and have proven achievements in the construction of residential neighborhoods and commercial and public buildings, as well as in the establishment, financing and operation of huge ventures in the fields of transportation infrastructure, ecology, water purification and desalination, and international project development. For more info please visit https://www.shikunbinui.com/en-US
With over 5GW of secured projects, Ecoppia is the world leader in robotic solutions for photovoltaic solar, offering a connected platform that cost-effectively maximizes the performance of utility-scale installations worldwide.
Ecoppia’s cloud-based, water-free, autonomous robotic systems remove dust from solar panels on a daily basis leveraging advanced machine learning and IOT capabilities. Remotely managed and controlled, the Ecoppia platform allows solar sites to maintain peak performance with minimal costs and human intervention. Ecoppia’s proprietary algorithms and robotic solutions make day-to-day O&M at solar sites safer, more efficient and more reliable. Privately-held and backed by prominent and experienced international investment funds, Ecoppia works with the largest energy companies globally, cleaning millions of solar panels every day. For more information, please visit www.ecoppia.com