[Startup Bharat] This Coimbatore-based cleantech startup is building autonomous bots to clean solar panels

In today’s world, people are slowly realizing the importance of living sustainable. Many individuals and organizations are switching to greener alternatives in order to create a healthy environment, especially solar power generation.

In fact, many reports show that one of the main goals of the The Indian government aims to achieve a target of 100 GW of solar capacity by 2022.

To achieve this goal, it is also important to ensure timely, proper cleaning and maintenance of the solar modules in order to increase their efficiency. Occurs The Coimbatore-based cleantech startup Solavio Labs.

[Image Credit: Solavio Labs]

Founded in 2017 by Suraj Mohan and Prashant GoelSolavio Labs develops and manufactures autonomous cleaning bots for solar modules that clean solar modules to ensure high energy production.

We were inspired by the simple floor cleaning Roombathat has found its way into several households. We developed a solution for autonomous robots to clean solar panels faster and more efficiently. These bots are used with our internal sensor algorithm to ensure obstacles, collisions and accident control. ” Suraj Mohan, co-founder of Solavio Labs, tells YourStory.

Ensure greater efficiency

Solar collectors collect dust and impurities over time and reduce their efficiency by up to 40 percent. This has a direct effect on the ROI of the solar system owner and leads to enormous losses.

“The The common solutions implemented today for cleaning solar panels are mainly based on water. These include windshield wipers, mops and high-pressure cleaners that use one to three liters of water per solar panel, ”he explains.

Aside from wasting water, manual methods are very expensive and dangerous for workers as these solar systems are installed either on high and complex roofs or in remote desert areas.

Solavio Autonomous cleaning bots can be used anywhere, also on the roof, in the carport or on a large floor bracket.

The startup currently offers three cleaning bots and a motorized hand-held device.

“We have commercialized four of our patented products with accessories and value-added services (VAS) such as the IoT dashboard, data analysis and machine learning for predictive cleaning. The bots have an estimated lifespan of 10 years, ”adds the co-founder.

He says the brushes are on the bots for cleaning Developed with patented bristle technology that is non-abrasive and UV-resistant.

The startup targets the solar space, including EPCs (engineering, procurement and construction) and O&M (operations and maintenance) companies.

Aside from India it is too Target group are MENA countries, East Africa, Australia and the USA for business expansion.

Solavio snapshot

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Business and more

About the business model, Suraj says that in addition to selling his bots, it is also like that offers a SaaS subscription (for IoT and data analysis) and an operating lease model.

The startup claims to have sold 70 bots in the last year. “Based on our pilot orders and our sales pipeline, we expect to sell at least 1,000 bots between domestic and export markets in the next fiscal year,” he says.

Solavio’s customers include organizations such as Tata Power Solar, Welspun Renewable Energy, Adani Solar and Refex among others in India and Dewa, Siraj Power and Cleanmax for MENA countries.

The start in the seed stage has raised $ 450,000 from multiple HNIs, Canada’s New Brunswick Innovation Fund (NBIF), and AIC RAISE.

According to a report by Modor Intelligence, the Indian solar market is expected to grow by over 40 percent CAGR between 2020 and 2025.

Solavia Labs competes with Inoviea Consulting and Services from Noida, which is also active in the field of cleaning solar modules. It offers a combination of a slippery coating on the panels and compressed air to keep dust off the solar panel and keep it clean without manual intervention.

The co-founder talks about future plans and reveals that the The startup wants to raise more money over several rounds to support its manufacturing, scaling and research goals.

“We want to aggressively expand our customer base in India, MENA, East Africa, Australia and the USA over the next two years,” he adds.

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