The global solar panel automatic cleaning robot market was valued at US$ 169.3 Million in 2020 and is expected to surpass US$ 382.2 Million by 2028, registering a CAGR of 11.2% during the forecast period (2021-2028), according to the Global Solar Panel Automatic Cleaning Robot Market Report, By Product Type (Trackless Cleaning Robot and Railed Cleaning Robot), by Application (Commercial Places, Power Plants & Industrial and Others), By Power Supply (Battery Powered and Solar Powered),By Solar Panel Installation Type (Ground Mounted, Roof Tops and Others)and by Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East and Africa), published by Coherent Market Insights.
Water scarcity and the growing need for smarter solutions is expected to drive the market growth during the forecast period. The life of solar modules is usually guaranteed for 25 years, and throughout its life span, cleaning is essential for efficient power generation. Cleaning of solar modules is a big challenge for developers, especially in arid and dry zones where water is scarce. Dust particles, bird droppings, and other particulate materials lead to a decrease in energy generation, highlighting the importance of solar module cleaning. While manual cleaning is one of the options, several robotic technologies have entered the market that provide a cost-effective method to clean solar panels as compared to manual cleaning. Some of the more common types of robotic cleaning systems include module cleaning robots, driving robots, and AI-enabled robots. Water crisis is causing problems worldwide. According to a 2018 NITI Aayog report, India is suffering from the worst water crisis in its history, and millions of lives are at risk because of it. Currently, 600 million Indians face high to extreme water stress, and the crisis is only going to get worse. By 2030, the country’s water demand is projected to be twice the available supply, implying a severe water scarcity for hundreds of millions of people. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, on an average, all solar power technologies use almost 20 gallons per megawatt hour of water for cleaning solar collection and reflection surfaces. Groundwater is preferred by the industry as it is almost free and is operationally expedient.
Therefore, owing to the water shortages, the demand for waterless automatic cleaning robotic systems is increasing rapidly. For instance, Taypro Private Limited offers Taypro 2.1, an innovative waterless solar plant cleaning robot designed to retrofit in utility scale as well as rooftop solar plants. Moreover, Ecoppia offers Ecoppia E4, an automatic solar cleaning robot. Using a water-free microfiber and airflow cleaning system, the E4 solution removes over 99% of dust daily, keeping panels at top production even in the harshest desert conditions.
Global Solar Panel Automatic Cleaning Robot Market - Impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic
Globally, most of the countries are affected by COVID-19 and most of the countries have announced lockdown. There is a significant impact on the solar panel automatic cleaning robot market as well. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the new wind installations in China declined by 50% and solar PV by 25% in the first three months of 2020. More than 60% of the world’s solar panels are made in China, making country the largest manufacturer and exporter in the solar panel market. The pandemic has drastically affected the manufacturing capacities of China and stopped transporting goods from China to other countries, such as India.Therefore, due to COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for solar panel automatic cleaning robots is expected to face decline in CAGR by almost 6.4% in 2020, as compared to 2019
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