JEDDAH (April 17, 2018) NOMADD Desert Solar Solutions announced the signing of a contract for a commercial rooftop system in Dubai.
NOMADD supplies waterless robotic cleaning systems for solar arrays. In the Middle East dust is the primary factor affecting solar plant performance. As all eyes in the solar industry are now focused on the many huge solar deployments in the pipeline across the region, the question of solar panel cleaning is a key part of the conversation.
An exemplar of the Saudi Vision 2030 for Economic Development and Innovation, NOMADD is anticipated to play a key role in these projects and is positioned to become the sector standard cleaning solution.
“This commercial scale order is a great step forward for us,” said Jos van der Hyden, CEO of NOMADD. “Looking ahead, we have a tremendous opportunity to scale rapidly in the Middle East market. Our shareholders KAUST and DSM Venturing provide us with the capital we need to expand our customer base and deploy more and more robotic cleaning systems across the region. Our growing list of agreements includes some of the biggest solar companies in the world.”
The NOMADD technology was developed in Saudi Arabia at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Through a recent licensing agreement, NOMADD robots also use Aramco technology, developed in parallel by the Aramco R&D division.
NOMADD stands for NO Water Mechanical Automated Dusting Device. The NOMADD robotic systems are uniquely simple, cost effective, and reliable. NOMADD robots are fully automated, clean without water, and are 99.5% as effective as many water-based cleaning methods. Using patented technology, NOMADD can integrate with fixed tilt, tracking and rooftop arrays, without placing any weight force on the panels. This removes the greatest risk of damage to panels, which are the most sensitive part of the solar array. Using remote controlled, two-way data transmission, NOMADD provides highly granular data to the user while maximizing solar array output and minimizing the operational costs of desert solar.
In 2017, NOMADD was a winner of the SunRISE TechBridge Challenge, a competitive event organized by DSM, Fraunhofer and Greentown Labs in Boston to identify and support game-changing solar technologies. Previously, NOMADD has won the 2014 MESIA Solar Technology of the year award, and the prestigious 2016 AURP Innovation Award.
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