Azure picks Ecoppia for hybrid project of 400MW

Azure picks Ecoppia for hybrid project of 400MW

Israeli based Ecoppia, a world leader in robotic cleaning solutions for photovoltaic solar, has announced a significant milestone in India, with the firm signing a ‘first ever’ hybrid project of 400MW with renewable developer Azure Power.

This complex project, combined of two types of installations – fixed tilt and Single Axis Trackers (SAT), along with challenging terrains and varied structures, is another exemplification for Ecoppia’s wide capabilities to tailor a long-term and cost-effective solution for leading energy players.

The robotics’ deployment, expected to commence the first half of 2022, will feature Ecoppia’s full product suit – the E4, the T4 as well as Ecoppia’s latest addition – the Ecoppia H4– powered by the patented Helix Technology.

Using safe microfibers and controlled airflow, the H4 channels dust and dirt particles downwards without accumulating them by simply moving horizontally while cleaning vertically.

The increasing use of robotic cleaning solutions at large plants, besides the strong return of trackers signals the changing market dynamics of India’s solar landscape, as developers increasingly upgrade finally to higher grade modules that deliver higher efficiency if maintained well. The extra costs of doing so can be recovered through higher sales finally. Till 2019-20, polycrystalline modules still dominated even at utility scale, making India one of the last holdouts for the relatively less efficient modules. Even today, a significant part of the domestic manufacturing capacity remains in polycrystalline modules.

The latest project is part of Ecoppia’s framework agreement with Azure, emphasizing Ecoppia’s ability to supply future needs of client’s expanding operation.

“When Ecoppia was founded 8 years ago we had one simple goal in mind: to allow scalability and enhance profitability for large solar sites around the world” said Jean Scemama, CEO of Ecoppia. “With this project, Ecoppia solidifies its ability to do so, offering Azure Power a wide spectrum of autonomous robotic solutions, supporting their expanding efforts. We believe that with Ecoppia’s newest product, the H4, joining the Ecoppia portfolio, energy companies will be able to achieve faster ROI while safeguarding their assets”.

Ecoppia, with over 3,000MW of deployed capacity for its robotic solutions for photovoltaic solar, it continues a strong start for 2022. Remotely managed and controlled, the Ecoppia platform allows solar sites to maintain peak performance with minimal costs and human intervention. The firm has a manufacturing base in India.

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Prasanna Singh

Prasanna has been a media professional for over 20 years. He is the Group Editor of Saur Energy International