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International Experts to Share Technical Progress and Solutions at 2017 International PV Soiling Workshop

August 25, 2017

Soiling of photovoltaics, such as dust accumulation on the panel surface, can cause annual energy losses on the order of 0%–6% in the United States and 50%–70% in dusty regions such as the Middle East, India, Chile, and China.

As large photovoltaic markets have opened up in insolation-rich but dusty regions of the world, photovoltaic soiling has become a high-priority problem. The 2017 International PV Soiling Workshop brings together experts from around the world to share technical progress toward solutions to this problem.

The workshop will be October 23–25, 2017, at the Dubai World Trade Center. Three days of technical presentations will cover topics such as soiling losses in harsh climates, modeling and predicting soiling losses, procedures and equipment for measuring soiling losses, robotic cleaning machines, antisoiling coatings, and International Electrotechnical Commission standards in connection to photovoltaic soiling.  The conference has no admission charge, but seating is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

More than 40 presentations are planned, with speakers from industry, test laboratories, academia, and research institutions. The workshop is being organized by NREL and the Dubai Electric and Water Authority.

For additional information, contact Matthew Muller.