ChemiTek demonstrates solar PV enhance from anti-soiling coating

The Green Energy Park, in collaboration with ChemiTek Solar, a Portuguese industrial producer specializing in anti-soiling options for PV modules, has efficiently concluded the outside testing and characterization of ChemiTek’s cutting-edge anti-soiling coatings. The outcomes have been revealed by Heliyon, the all-science, open entry journal.

The goal of the analysis paper titled “Performance Analysis of Innovative Cleaning and Soiling Mitigation Solutions in the Semi-Arid Climate of Benguerir, Morocco” was to judge the efficiency of antistatic and hydrophobic coatings for photovoltaic solar panels within the difficult semi-arid climate circumstances of Benguerir, Morocco.

The examine concerned testing varied coating and cleansing methods on 5 photovoltaic (PV) programs, all with the identical PV panels and electrical configurations.

  • The first PV system remained uncleaned and didn’t bear any coating or cleansing options.
  • The second PV system was periodically cleaned with simply water.
  • The third PV system employed the Solar Wash Protect (SWP) cleansing and antistatic safety answer.
  • The fourth and fifth PV programs, D-Solar Defender (DSD) and Industrial Glass Protect (IGP) respectively, employed distinctive mixtures of two hydrophobic coatings.

After 9 months of operation, the outcomes demonstrated vital effectivity good points within the coated PV panels in comparison with the reference system. During the preliminary three-month cleansing interval, the typical effectivity acquire of the coated PV panels was roughly 10%. In the next non-cleaning interval of six months, the effectivity acquire remained round 5%. The cumulative energy acquire of the coated programs, in comparison with the water-cleaned reference, reached a median of three% after the outside publicity interval.

Importantly, the presence of the coatings on the PV modules considerably lowered the amount of water wanted to wash them. The Solar Wash Protect (SWP) cleansing and antistatic safety answer, as an example, required 50% much less water in comparison with the system cleaned and not using a cleansing answer. This water-saving function not solely contributes to environmental conservation but in addition makes the panels simpler to wash.

“These research findings emphasize the significance of employing innovative cleaning and preventive maintenance strategies, such as anti-soiling coatings, in dry areas to enhance the performance of photovoltaic systems,” acknowledged Dr. César Martins, CEO of Chemitek. “This research has significant implications for investors, researchers, and engineers interested in grid-connected photovoltaic and soiling mitigation technology.”

The Green Energy Park is a famend analysis and growth facility devoted to advancing sustainable energy applied sciences. Located in Benguerir, Morocco, the park serves as a hub for collaboration between trade consultants, scientists, and engineers, aiming to drive innovation and promote a greener future.

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