Antistatic coating for solar panels: protection & efficiency enhancement
Solar panels are a great investment in renewable energy, but they are also exposed to various environmental factors that can reduce their efficiency and lifespan. Dirt buildup from cement dust, stone dust, gypsum, dust, pollen, bee's wax, tree sap, bird droppings, etc., is a common problem that affects solar panels' performance. ChemiTek's Antistatic Solar Armor (ASA) is a specially designed antistatic coating for solar panels that provides a durable and effective barrier against these contaminants, enhancing their efficiency by up to 5%.
The unique antistatic properties from ASA prevent the buildup of dirt on the surface of the panels, making cleaning easier and faster. By reducing dirt buildup, this coating helps your panels produce more power, even in harsh environments, and is a cost-effective product that will reduce cleaning time and frequency, as well as water consumption by 50% and the labor required to clean your solar park.
Armbrush on tractor applying ASA on solar panels placed on dry to moderate climate
Real case of solar panels placed near a cement plant - on the left side (before) the panels have no protection whatsoever; on the right side (after) the panels are protected with ASA making the cement dust come off much easier!
Applying ChemiTek's Antistatic Solar Armor is a simple and straightforward process that can be completed quickly and easily, recurring to robots or tractors with brushes, requiring no rinsing during application for a normal protection. The coating is designed to be self-leveling, which means that it spreads evenly over the surface of your solar panels, ensuring a uniform and effective layer of protection. Once applied, the coating provides long-lasting benefits, reducing the need for frequent cleaning and maintenance.
ASA is fully tested and certified by the international laboratory TÜV Sud, as it won't void the panels warranty and its antistatic properties work as stated.
In summary, if you want to protect and enhance the performance of your solar panels, Antistatic Solar Armor is the perfect solution. With its durable and effective barrier against contaminants, antistatic properties, and easy application, this coating provides long-lasting benefits that will help you get the most out of your investment.
Industries & Application
- Protection of photovoltaic and thermal solar panels, photovoltaic solar roofs, etc.
- Photovoltaic plant installers
- Solar panel cleaning companies
- Solar parks with their own maintenance teams
- 2kg drum
- 5kg drum
- 20kg drum
- 1000kg IBCs
The surface of photovoltaic solar panels must be clean in order to ensure full operation and maximum efficiency. Any kind of dirt that may be on the surface of the solar module, be it dust, pollen, tree sap, bird droppings, sand, salt crystals, etc., will reduce the footprint of the sun's rays, i.e. reduce the amount of sunlight reaching the solar module cells, and thus the panel will produce less power.
To the naked eye the panels may appear clean, however there will be dirt accumulated, even if it is just the air pollution itself. A simple test to see if your panel is in need of cleaning is to wipe the surface of the panel with a white cloth or cotton pad before the actual cleaning.
According to recent studies, when a solar panel is very dirty it can lose up to 50% of its efficiency compared to a clean solar panel. However, an energy loss of 10 to 15% can be observed in panels with some dirt.
In fact, rain, snow, or wind alone does not wash the solar panels, because wind carries particles, snow because it blocks sunlight, and rainwater because it is slightly acidic and, when it dries, leaves spots that quickly attract dirt again, thus making the solar system less efficient.
A simple way to illustrate why the weather alone does not wash out the solar panels is to look at the windshield of your car. If you leave your windshield dirty for a long time, you will lose visibility due to accumulated dirt, but thanks to the cleaner that you apply and the windshield wiper, you can wash the glass and regain visibility in no time!
In this way, the solar panels are like the windshields of your car, except that they do not have readily available liquid for washing the solar panels associated with the windshield wiper.
ASA is designed to be applied with a robot or a tractor brush.
ASA can be applied in all kinds of climates and provides an antistatic coating; D-Solar Defendor is for extreme climates (with a lot of rain or very dry) and provides a hydrophobic coating, so it will take longer to remove and requires a specific water for dilution.
Yes, you should use de-ionized water, that is distilled water, with pure solvents, and free of ions, to dilute your ASA solution and apply it to your panels.