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Ecoppia's cloud-based robotic solar panel cleaning solution chosen for 400-plus MWp in India
Ecoppia, the developer of fully autonomous, water-free, photovoltaic solar panel cleaning solutions, has been chosen by Fortum to deploy its field-proven platform across different projects in India, totaling 427 MWp of production capacity.
To reshape the global energy ecosystem and improve resource efficiency with smart solutions, Ecoppia was chosen to equip the Fortum developed projects in the Pavagada and Bhadla solar parks with its connected and environmentally friendly E4 solution.
Ecoppia is already well-known and massively operational in the Indian subcontinent, deployed over nearly 2.0 GW in production capacity in that region alone, and boasting over 7GW in secured projects globally.
Ecoppia's robust E4 robot for fixed tilt solar installations supports both framed and frameless panels, adds no load to panel surface, and has been proven to be fully safe on both panels and Anti Reflective Coating (ARC). Certified by the US module maker First Solar - the E4 will clean both crystalline modules and frameless modules in Fortum's sites.
"As we in Fortum drive the change towards a cleaner world, the Ecoppia water-free solutions are a perfect fit with our strategy," says Sanjay Aggarwal, managing director India in Fortum.
"Now, we will be able to provide clean energy without exhausting water resources - ensuring solar energy production is both cost-effective and truly environment friendly. This is a natural next step towards sustainable & clean development, a joint vision shared with our partners UKCI & EAB."
Eran Meller, CEO of Ecoppia, says: "It's a great honour to extend our successful collaboration with Fortum to additional projects. We see Fortum as a true and visionary partner in advancing the solar industry towards full automation and lower, viable LCOE (Ed: levelised cost of energy)."
With over 7GW of secured projects, Ecoppia is the world leader in robotic solutions for photovoltaic solar, offering a connected platform that cost-effectively maximises 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.
Clean energy company Fortum employs some 8,000 professionals in the Nordic and Baltic countries, Russia, Poland and India. In 2018, its sales were EUR 5.2 billion and 57% of its electricity generation was CO2 free.
14th November 2019