UST, a digital transformation solutions company, has partnered with Green Grid. Inc., a climate-focused technology development, integration and professional services business, to develop photovoltaic lite cleaning systems, artificial intelligence and robotic-driven process automation for energy infrastructure.
“Climate change has become a more pressing issue as inclement weather events rise in frequency,” says Kuruvilla Mathew, chief innovation architect at UST. “Climate-related events are becoming more common and much more destructive. With the advancing capabilities of technology and promising innovation on the horizon, we can address, mitigate and solve these challenges. But it requires precision focus, with the right technology being used to solve the right problem at the right time.”
Photovoltaic lites are built to withstand the elements, but they need routine maintenance to work efficiently. Maintenance includes cleaning the glass, dusting, cleaning off debris and removing any snow or ice accumulation.
The need to streamline the cleaning process and develop better photovoltaic lite cleaning systems comes as the U.S. embraces the Inflation Reduction Act, which is the country’s largest investment in climate change. The bill increases the investment tax credit to 30% for commercial and residential solar systems for the next decade.
According to a report by the Solar Energy Industries Association and Wood Mackenzie, the U.S. solar energy market will get a 40% boost from the Inflation Reduction Act. The report estimates the legislation will result in an additional 62 gigawatts of solar installations over baseline projections, boosting total solar installations to 336 gigawatts by 2027, nearly triple the current 129 gigawatts.