ENGIE Group’s Site in Bhadla Park in Rajasthan is Now Cleaned Nightly by Ecoppia Water-free Robotic Solution
HERZELIYA, Israel — Ecoppia’s fully automated solar panel cleaning solution is on track to clean over 1GW of panels in the cutting edge Bhadla solar park by year end
Ecoppia, the world-leading developer of robotic, water-free photovoltaic solar panel cleaning solutions, announced today the completion of deployment of hundreds of its automated systems in the 2,255 MW Bhadla Solar Park in Jodhpur, Rajasthan India, in a site developed by Engie Solar India, subsidiary of energy multinational ENGIE Group.
Located in a vast desert area, Bhadla Solar Park is prone to frequent dust storms, which can reduce energy generation by as much as 40% in a matter of minutes.
Ecoppia is the only solution able to maintain peak energy production and restore panels post-storm in just hours – without water or external electricity consumption: with the deployment of Ecoppia across its site, ENGIE is expected to save over 1.5 billion of liters of water, and reduce its operating expenses drastically.
The subject project was won at record tariff, lowest in India at the time of bidding, hence it was indispensable to adopt an innovative and bankable technology like Ecoppia to ensure maximum plant productivity.
“We expect to harness Ecoppia’s revolutionary cleaning system to dramatically raise output and lower costs. This type of technological breakthrough not only benefits our own business interests, but the solar energy sector as a whole,” Engie Solar India commented. “We are proud to be one of the world’s first solar energy providers to adopt Ecoppia’s cutting-edge, autonomous robotic panel cleaning paradigm”.
Continuing Ecoppia’s commitment to cooperation with large multinational energy conglomerates and its specific focus on the Indian market, the company is expected to top 1 GW of deployments in Bahdla Park alone, and over 2GW across India.
Cleaning over 200 million solar panels to date, leveraging experience gained working with leading energy conglomerates like Adani Power, SunEdison and NTPC, Ecoppia cooperated closely with ENGIE throughout the design and deployment process to maximize rollout efficiency and optimize return on investment.
ENGIE develops its businesses (power, natural gas, energy services) around a model based on responsible growth to take on the major challenges of energy’s transition to a low-carbon economy: access to sustainable energy, climate-change mitigation and adaptation and the rational use of resources. The Group provides individuals, cities and businesses with highly efficient and innovative solutions largely based on its expertise in four key sectors: renewable energy, energy efficiency, liquefied natural gas and digital technology. ENGIE employs 154,950 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €69.9 billion in 2015. The Group is listed on the Paris and Brussels stock exchanges (ENGI) and is represented in the main international indices: CAC 40, BEL 20, DJ Euro Stoxx 50, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe, DJSI World, DJSI Europe and Euronext Vigeo (World 120, Eurozone 120, Europe 120 and France 20).
Ecoppia is the world leader in robotic PV cleaning solutions, cost-effectively maximizing the performance of utility-scale installations world over.
Cloud-based and connected, the water-free, automated technology removes dust from panels on a daily basis to ensure peak output, even in the toughest desert conditions.
Remotely managed and controlled, Ecoppia’s solutions allow solar sites to peak perform with minimal costs and human intervention.
Privately held organization backed by prominent and experienced international investment funds, Ecoppia works with the largest energy companies globally, cleaning millions of solar panels every month.