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Joint test to eliminate water and dust build-up problems on PV panels

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Masdar and the US Department of Energy (DOE) are to collaborate over a project to test the performance of specially coated solar PV modules that are designed to reduce dust build up.

The coated panels have been developed by the USNational Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and have been selected for testing following exchanges of scientific and technical information with Masdar, including soil sample collection and site visits to Abu Dhabi.

The cooperation is a direct result of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was signed by the DOE and Masdar last April to promote collaboration on clean and sustainable energy technologies.

Daniel B. Poneman, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy, and Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar, made the joint announcement at the solar test field of the specially coated photovoltaic modules located within Masdar City, which serves a clean tech cluster and test-bed of renewable energy and sustainable technologies.

Poneman said, “This collaborative testing exemplifies the shared vision of the United States and the United Arab Emirates to advance innovation and clean energy solutions. Masdar’s innovative test-bed supports the development of the cutting-edge technologies that will help overcome our energy challenges and aid economic growth.”

Dr Al Jaber said,“This pilot project demonstrates the real, tangible benefits created by the ongoing cooperation between the United Arab Emirates and the United States of America. Our strong alignment in renewable energy research and development will not only benefit both of our nations, but also the global transition towards clean energy solutions.”


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