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Avaada Group entered into a supply agreement worth USD 2 million for robotic cleaning solutions with Israel-based Airtouch Solar.
Airtouch Solar is a specialist in the manufacturing of water-free robotic PV panel cleaning solutions that can be used on utility-scale PV installations.
Mumbai based Avaada Group, stated that this move will optimize the solar plant losses due to soiling. These robots will allow us to save 80 to 100 Kl/MW water annually. We will also see significant increases in revenue and generation.
The 25-year-old agreement covers the supply, erection and testing of robotic cleaning systems for Avaada’s solar farms at Maharashtra’s Pangaon & Damangaon and Bhadla in Rajasthan. Airtouch will also supply and install robots at a cost of USD 0.6 million in accordance with several milestones. It will also provide annual comprehensive maintenance worth USD 1.4 million for 25 years.
Kishor Nair (COO of Avaada Group) commented on the partnership. “Airtouch robotic technology solutions will improve our plant operational efficiency by cleaning dust settled on solar modules, thereby decreasing the losses.” Airtouch’s association will strengthen our commitment to sustainability through water conservation in the arid zones. Both companies will benefit from the precision Israel technology and “Made in India”.
“Power for all” is the government’s mission and that solar power will play an important role in this endeavor. Avaada Group is vital in reaching the government’s target of 500 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2030. It has increased its RE capacity with Airtouch, which supports our efforts to conserve water and improve efficiency of projects, he added.
“We are expanding our activities in India, which is one the fastest-growing markets in the world. We are proud to have received orders from Avaada, a leading developer, which is a testament to the reliability and quality of Airtouch robots. Tal Laufer, CEO, Airtouch Solar, stated that the local production, logistics and sales infrastructure, established over many years, has allowed clients to be in close proximity and has resulted in a faster response time and quality service.”
The market for robotic cleaning products is expected to reach USD 11 billion by 2025. 95% of the market operates without a robot cleaning solution.