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Operation and Maintenance (O&M) service providers play a vital role in maximizing the output of solar assets and mitigating challenges for the smooth operation of solar projects.
According to Mercom India Solar Market Update Q1 2022, India has a utility-scale project development pipeline of over 54 GW and another 33 GW of projects tendered awaiting auction. With a robust pipeline and the introduction of advanced technologies, O&M service providers have a big opportunity in the ever-growing Indian solar market.
While the service providers have a lot of market potential, they also face several challenges while balancing the optimization of projects with the operating cost of the solar assets.
Mercom will host a webinar titled ‘O&M Innovations: Optimum Management of Solar Assets’ to address these issues on July 19, 2022.
The webinar will bring together experts to understand the technological challenges and new solutions in the market. They will discuss the benefits of robotic cleaning and share experiences in project O&M (including results generated from robotic cleaning systems).
The panel includes Nalin Kumar Sharma, President-Asia, Middle East, and Pacific, Ecoppia; Ritesh Singhi, COO-C&I Business, Amp Energy India; Harshal Akhouri, Co-founding Director, Strolar; Saurabh Mehta, Head (BD and Project), Mahindra Susten.
Priya Sanjay, Managing Director, Mercom India, will moderate the session.
Water is a scarce commodity, and the use of water in energy generation is a big concern. The scale-up of renewable energy is significant as it reduces pollution and needs less water compared to power generation from conventional sources.
Several robotic technologies available in the market provide a cost-effective method to clean solar panels compared to manual cleaning. Robotic cleaning systems include module cleaning, driving, and AI-enabled robots.
The evolution of robotic cleaning and computerized monitoring and management systems would go a long way in providing efficient O&M services to solar projects.
Despite the growing use of technology in the O&M process, there is a need to strike the right balance between the use of technology and the cost associated with the O&M process.
You can register for the webinar by clicking here.
Rakesh Ranjan is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Prior to joining Mercom, he worked in many roles as a business correspondent, assistant editor, senior content writer, and sub-editor with bcfocus.com, CIOReview/Silicon India, Verbinden Communication, and Bangalore Bias. Rakesh holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). More articles from Rakesh Ranjan.