Automatic Solar Panel Cleaning Robot

K. S. Margaret, T. Bathirnath, V. Dinesh Kumar, N. Praveen Kumar


The dust particles accumulating on the solar panels will decrease the solar energy reaching the solar cells, thereby reducing the overall power output.  In this paper, the problem is reviewed and methods for dust removal and reduction of heat are discussed. A robot cleaning device is developed and features a versatile platform which travels the entire length of a panel.  An Arduino microcontroller is used to implement robots control system.  The robot will provide a favorable result and shows that such a system is viable.  In conclusion, it is found that robotic cleaning and heat reduction is practical and can help in maintain the solar panel efficiency.

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