Novel dry cleaning machine for photovoltaic and solar panels

Shahzada Pamir Aly, Palanichamy Gandhidasan, Nicolas Barth, Said Ahzi

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Abstract

Accumulation of dust (also known as soiling) on the surface of solar panels decreases the amount of sunlight reaching the solar cells underneath and thus the efficiency of the solar panel is severely impacted. To harness their designed capacity to its fullest, they need to be cleaned periodically, usually with water. The Middle East region is a very suitable region for harvesting solar energy due to abundance of sunlight, but there is also a profusion of sand and dust. Due to water scarcity in this area, cleaning becomes difficult, challenging and subsequently costly. Here, a novel four-stage automated 'dry cleaning' method is reported for solar panels. The proposed cleaning process is carried out in four stages with no involvement of liquids. The cleaning process involves compressed air spray, followed by cleaning through a foam roller and a polywool synthetic duster. An electronically controlled mechanical assembly holds the rollers and guides them along the solar panels. A set of servo motors and a stepper motor is installed on the assembly to rotate and guide the cleaning structure. The system is very useful for small and large installations alike, especially in dry areas where there is little or no rain throughout the year.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2015 IEEE International Renewable and Sustainable Energy Conference, IRSEC 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Print)9781467378949
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2016
EventIEEE International Renewable and Sustainable Energy Conference, IRSEC 2015 - Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: 10 Dec 201513 Dec 2015

Other

OtherIEEE International Renewable and Sustainable Energy Conference, IRSEC 2015
CountryMorocco
CityMarrakech
Period10/12/1513/12/15

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Dry cleaning
Cleaning
Dust
Compressed air
Solar energy
Rain
Foams
Water
Solar cells
Sand
Liquids

Keywords

  • autonomous dry cleaning
  • dust effects
  • mechanical design
  • solar panels

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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Aly, S. P., Gandhidasan, P., Barth, N., & Ahzi, S. (2016). Novel dry cleaning machine for photovoltaic and solar panels. In Proceedings of 2015 IEEE International Renewable and Sustainable Energy Conference, IRSEC 2015 [7455112] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/IRSEC.2015.7455112

Novel dry cleaning machine for photovoltaic and solar panels. / Aly, Shahzada Pamir; Gandhidasan, Palanichamy; Barth, Nicolas; Ahzi, Said.

Proceedings of 2015 IEEE International Renewable and Sustainable Energy Conference, IRSEC 2015. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2016. 7455112.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Aly, SP, Gandhidasan, P, Barth, N & Ahzi, S 2016, Novel dry cleaning machine for photovoltaic and solar panels. in Proceedings of 2015 IEEE International Renewable and Sustainable Energy Conference, IRSEC 2015., 7455112, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., IEEE International Renewable and Sustainable Energy Conference, IRSEC 2015, Marrakech, Morocco, 10/12/15. https://doi.org/10.1109/IRSEC.2015.7455112
Aly SP, Gandhidasan P, Barth N, Ahzi S. Novel dry cleaning machine for photovoltaic and solar panels. In Proceedings of 2015 IEEE International Renewable and Sustainable Energy Conference, IRSEC 2015. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. 2016. 7455112 https://doi.org/10.1109/IRSEC.2015.7455112
Aly, Shahzada Pamir ; Gandhidasan, Palanichamy ; Barth, Nicolas ; Ahzi, Said. / Novel dry cleaning machine for photovoltaic and solar panels. Proceedings of 2015 IEEE International Renewable and Sustainable Energy Conference, IRSEC 2015. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2016.
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