The sub­ject of the Sol­ar­Bot pro­ject is to elim­in­ate the exist­ing tech­no­lo­gic­al obstacles by devel­op­ing and imple­ment­ing a new tech­no­logy enabling the con­struc­tion of Sol­ar­Bot — devices designed for cyc­lic clean­ing of the sur­face of sol­ar farm collectors.

The main goal of R&D works is to devel­op and imple­ment a tech­no­lo­gic­al solu­tion that will enable effect­ive remov­al of pol­lut­ants from the sur­face of cleaned sol­ar col­lect­ors that reduce the effi­ciency of obtained energy, in par­tic­u­lar organ­ic dust and oth­er dirt. Cyc­lic­al clean­ing of the sur­face of photo­vol­ta­ic col­lect­ors is car­ried out auto­mat­ic­ally in vari­ous weath­er con­di­tions (also dur­ing rainfall).

Basic tech­nic­al para­met­ers of Sol­ar­Bot:
  • Weight 45 kg
  • Travel speed 1 m/s
  • The head work­ing feed auto­mat­ic­ally adjusts to the cur­rent state in which the clean­ing robot is cur­rently moving.
  • Rota­tion­al speed for clean­ing selec­ted by the pro­gram depend­ing on the degree of demand.
  • Light, very dur­able struc­ture made of alu­min­um alloy ensur­ing high rigid­ity of the entire sys­tem dur­ing movement.

SOLARBOT pro­ject in numbers:

Sol­ar­Bots oper­at­ing as part of a photo­vol­ta­ic farm are linked into one sys­tem using wire­less com­mu­nic­a­tion with the serv­er. They form a group of clean­ing robots con­trolled cent­rally by algorithms designed for this pur­pose. The applic­a­tion (also avail­able in the mobile ver­sion) will adjust the move­ment and work­ing time of devices to the weath­er con­di­tions of a giv­en location.

Sol­ar­Bots oper­ate in 2 modes:

In the clean­ing mode, robots, using intel­li­gent brushes designed espe­cially for this type of tasks, ensure that the photo­vol­ta­ic pan­els absorb as much light as pos­sible, regard­less of dust or weath­er con­di­tions.
In the inspec­tion mode, an advanced image pro­cessing algorithm (in infrared and vis­ible light) assesses the con­di­tion of the sur­face and informs the con­trol pan­el about the state of the pan­el on an ongo­ing basis via radio links. In this mode, you can also detect mech­an­ic­al dam­age, such as glass breaks or scratches that require ser­vice interventions.

Rol­tec’s Sol­ar­Bots have their own inde­pend­ent power source, which makes them even more autonomous.

The invest­ment is in line with the assumptions:

  • Strategy for smart, sus­tain­able and inclus­ive growth Europe 2020 — the pro­ject will influ­ence the imple­ment­a­tion of innov­at­ive solu­tions and increase the level of innov­at­ive invest­ments in the EU. The applic­ant, as a com­pany from the SME sec­tor, devel­ops the indus­tri­al base, which increases the eco­nom­ic com­pet­it­ive­ness of the region, as well as nation­al and European.
  • Of the Updated Devel­op­ment Strategy of the Great­er Poland Region until 2020 “Wielko­pol­ska 2020” — one of the most prom­ising indus­tries is the pro­duc­tion of machinery and equip­ment, the imple­ment­a­tion of the pro­ject dir­ectly affects the imple­ment­a­tion of the strategy object­ives (object­ives 4.2, 6.1 and 6.5).
  • Region­al Innov­a­tion Strategy for Great­er Poland for 2015–2020. The update (imple­ment­a­tion) of a new tech­no­logy for the pro­duc­tion of robots for cyc­lic­al clean­ing of the sur­face of photo­vol­ta­ic col­lect­ors is part of the areas of intel­li­gent spe­cial­iz­a­tion “Industry of tomor­row”.
    The Devel­op­ment Strategy for the City of Pozn­ań 2020+ — the pro­ject is part of the “Mod­ern Entrepreneurship”.