This week, the Kibbutz Ketura solar park, jointly owned by Siemens AG and Israel’s Arava Power, became the world’s first self-cleaning solar energy production facility.
Each night, the 20-acre facility is cleaned by 100 Israeli-made robots, which brush and clean the hundreds of solar panels. Besides sun, deserts have lots of dust, and that dust can reduce a solar panel’s efficiency by as much as 35%.
The robots use microfibers and air to push the accumulated dirt off the panels without using scarce water.
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