Ensuring solar panels are clean leads to increased efficiency of a solar power plant - an increase that offsets the costs incurred by the cleaning operation. In fact, research shows that failure to clean photovoltaic panels leads to loss of efficiency of 8-12%.
BP Mechanical Engineering has manufactured the SOLAR CLEANER F3500 C-AP, a machine designed specifically for the cleaning of photovoltaic panels.
The machine is highly versatile and comes with a range of accesories.
It operates a roller brush system that uses multiple high-pressure jets to clean the photovoltaic panels. It
is also equipped with a water heating system - an important measure to reduce the chance of causing thermal shock to the panels - as well as a system for softening the water.
During operation, the machine is controlled automatically by the electronic control unit, which maintains a constant distance between the brush and the surface of the panels.
The brush body is interchangeable and it is therefore possible to attach brushes of different lengths, depending on the needs of the customer.
The F3500 can be equipped with various accesories, such as a dozer blade, which is particularly suitable for machines that are working in desert areas, where the presence of sand could otherwise cause operational difficulties. The vehicle can also employ an on-board system for manual steamcleaning.
As well as solar panels, the F3500 can be used to clean any other glass facade, including buildings, rail cars, trucks and buses.