How SolarClean™ Works
SolarClean from Maximized Solar Inc., increases the efficiency of solar panels and concentrating mirrors by removing dirt, dust, bird waste, and other sediments that can degrade performance.
The accumulation of dirt on solar panels (“soiling”) can have a significant impact on the performance of photovoltaic systems. Research has shown that photovoltaic system efficiency declines by an average cumulate rate of .2% per day without rainfall or washing. This effect is magnified where rainfall is absent in peak solar summer months where soiling losses can decrease efficiency by up to 27%.
SolarClean from Maximized Solar Inc, is a completely automated photovoltaic panel and concentrating mirror cleaning system that increases efficiency and maximizes the revenue generated by these systems.
SolarClean attaches directly to an array of PV panels or concentrating mirrors or can be free standing, and is controlled by a microprocessor that drives rinse and washing cycles.
Key features of the patent pending SolarClean include:
- Electronically controlled, automatic cleaning of panels/mirrors based on environmental factors and seasonal soiling rates
- Ability to easily alter the cleaning program based on changing weather or environmental conditions
- Rinse/wash modes that incorporate an environmentally friendly cleaning solution
Using state of the art electronics and eco-friendly detergents, SolarClean increases the energy output and shortens the payback for solar power investments.
SolarClean from Maximized Solar Inc increases the efficiency of and maximizes the revenue generated by photovoltaic panels.
The SolarClean is a turnkey cleaning solution comprised of the following components:
- Programmable controller
- Maintenance-free directional nozzles
- Reservoir of environmentally friendly detergent/surfactant
- Water Pump
- Water Storage Tank (or option to connect directly to pressurized lines)
The intelligent controller can be programmed to wash the panels or concentrating mirrors on a set schedule, and can be integrated with additional sensory devices to monitor the accumulation of dirt or rainfall.
Once initiated, the SolarClean will pre-rinse the panels with water. Then, after a specified period, the system will introduce an environmentally friendly detergent/ surfactant into the water stream. After washing the panels or mirrors, the system will rinse the panels with water.
SolarClean is specifically designed for arid areas in the central and southwestern United States where average rainfall is insufficient to clean the panels on a regular basis. The ability to automatically clean the panels is highly cost-effective and will typically pay for itself in three to five years.