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SOLAR ENTERPRISE

Solar energy has drawn worldwide attention and is playing an essential role in providing clean and sustainable energy

SolarACM Systems Corporation is a Canadian company with the head office in Ottawa, the capital city of Canada, which is also one of Canada’s largest high tech cities and nicknamed Silicon Valley North. Over the years, the company has been focusing on providing intelligent automation solutions for improving the efficiency of operations and maintenance (O&M) of large-scale solar power plants, and subsequently reducing O&M costs and increasing their revenue.

What We Do

Solar panel cleaning and inspection robot (Kolchar S2)

Kolchar S2 cleaning and inspection robot is specifically designed for mid to large size solar power plants, equipped with its own power source (solar panel and rechargeable battery) for fully autonomous operation. It can effectively clean the solar panels and consequently improve their efficiency. In the meantime, Kolchar S2 can perform smart scan to detect hot spots on solar panels, which significantly reduces the very time consuming and labor intense manual inspection and related O&M costs while extends the lifespan of solar panels.

Wireless remote control and monitoring network system

In our system, robots are distributed in the wide area of solar power plant, relay nodes or multi-hop mesh network can be adopted for implementing reliable long range wireless communications. The control center of solar power plant can flexibly choose from our different gateway products for implementing seamless interconnection between wireless sensor network, local area network and Internet. In addition, Kolchar S2 can work with the optional real-time soiling detection and weather monitoring system to optimize its cleaning strategy, achieving superior cleaning efficiency at minimal cost.

Data storage/analysis and software management system

The sensing and inspection data collected by Kolchar S2 robot can be transmitted and stored in database located in local machine or cloud server according to the needs and requirements of the solar power plant owner/operator. The maintenance or management personnel has the flexibility to use computer, tablet, or smartphone to control and monitor all Kolchar S2 robots in the system through LAN or 3G/4G cellular network so as to efficiently perform O&M tasks. Management staffs can also access and analyze historical data, and make more informed decisions with the assistance of our expert system.

System Advantages

Remote Control And Monitoring

The state-of-the-art IoT technology is applied in the smart robotic cleaning and monitoring system for implementing a convenient, economic, low power consumption communication network for remote control and monitoring. Kolchar S2 robots can serve as sensing/monitoring nodes which inspect the abnormalities of solar panels while performing the cleaning tasks. Robots can also be controlled by management staffs to perform on-demand cleaning or inspection.

Reliable

Kolchar S2 robot is equipped with a simple but effective dual motor drivetrain, the well balanced weight and power output distribution improve the capability of the robot in terms of slope climbing and small obstacle crossing, and eliminate the driving wheel deadlock problem.

Fully Automated

The Kolchar S2 solar panel cleaning and inspection robot is water free and equipped with rechargeable lithium battery and solar panel for achieving self-sustaining solar panel cleaning and inspection.

Data Management And Expert System

Kolchar S2 is equipped with a variety of sensors for solar panel maintenance inspection and the sensing data can be transmitted to the server hosted on local machine or cloud-based machine for analysis and fault detection.

Flexible And Adaptable

The dual-drive system of Kolchar S2 robot separates the cleaning brush drive from the robot drive so that the brush rotation speed and the robot moving speed can be adjusted independently, allowing more precise control of cleaning operation according to different levels or types of soiling.

Customizable Solution

While the provided smart cleaning and monitoring solution can be suited for the needs of most solar power plants, SolarACM realize there could be different O&M requirements from different power plant operators due to the different power station layout and implementations. Our solution can be flexibly customized to satisfy customized requirements.