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Dubai Municipality trials solar panel-cleaning robots

The robotic cleaners were installed on solar panels used to power lighting at Dubai’s Al Khazan Park

Dubai Municipality tested the solar panel-cleaning robots in Al Khazan Park.
Dubai Municipality tested the solar panel-cleaning robots in Al Khazan Park.

Dubai Municipality (DM) has trialled solar panel-cleaning robots in Al Khazan Park.

Conducted by DM’s general maintenance department, the robots were deployed to clean panels used to power the park’s lighting.

The municipality stated that the experiment was conducted in a bid to “keep abreast of modern applications and advanced methods of project operation”.

Eng Jabir Al Ali, director of DM’s general maintenance department, noted that solar energy projects and applications have become a priority for the authority, due to their economic feasibility, and environmental and health-related benefits.

“The idea of the experiment is based on the principle of installation of the automatic cleaning device operating on the edges of the panel with a brush, with flexible automatic tuning,” Al Ali explained.

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“The system does not require the use of electrical energy, and works on the solar energy generated from the panel. In addition to that, it does not need water at all in the process of cleaning because its work depends on the pressure of the air,” he added.

Following the success of the Al Khazan Park trial, DM is planning to conduct similar experiments on other projects and sites in Dubai.

If deemed feasible, the robots could be rolled out across the emirate’s existing and future solar facilities.

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