Photo voltaic O&M options supplier Ecoppia is navigating ongoing part shortages whereas increasing its operations into new geographies and ramping up manufacturing of its newest PV panel cleansing robotic.
Publishing its annual report on the finish of March, Ecoppia stated there have been shortages in uncooked supplies and digital elements, resembling chips, required to fabricate and assemble its robots.
This scarcity “poses a danger to the continued manufacturing” of the corporate’s merchandise and its means to satisfy the calls for of orders anticipated for 2022 and 2023, it stated on the time.
As a part of efforts to cut back delays or postponements within the provide of its robotic programs to prospects, the corporate final 12 months started a technique of shopping for extra inventories of elements which have low availability and elevated provide occasions.
“The problem is that most of the digital elements turned very costly on the spot foundation,” Ecoppia CEO Jean Scemama advised PV Tech. “To have an affordable worth you’ll want to order 12 months upfront.”
Regardless of the provision chain challenges, Ecoppia’s revenues elevated 95% year-on-year in 2021 to US$5.9 million and its order backlog was US$48.8 million as of March 2022.
Though most of Ecoppia’s operations are carried out in India and its residence market of Israel – the 2 nations accounted for 98% of the corporate’s revenues in 2021 – it entered 5 new markets final 12 months: the US, Chile, Mexico and two nations within the Persian Gulf.
“We’re seeing an increasing number of demand from different areas,” stated Scemama, including that the agency is trying to bolster its place in Latin America and the Gulf.
Whereas the corporate beforehand labored to persuade prospects that they wanted a photo voltaic cleansing resolution, Scemama stated that “this training part is considerably behind us. In among the areas or nations, IPPs should not designing a web site with out considering robotic cleansing options”.
Ecoppia final 12 months started the event of its new H4 robotic system, which is designed for each fixed-tilt and single-axis tracker photo voltaic tasks, particularly for installations which have lengthy, steady traces of panels. The system channels mud and grime particles downwards by transferring horizontally whereas cleansing vertically.
In addition to having a better cleansing velocity, manufacturing prices of the H4 are decrease in contrast with the corporate’s current merchandise, which means the costs of the brand new system and its set up prices are anticipated to be decrease for purchasers.
On observe to start mass manufacturing of the H4 system in Q3 2022, Ecoppia earlier this 12 months secured a deal to supply its full suite of cleansing robots – the E4, T4 and H4 – to be deployed at a 400MW undertaking in India from Azure Energy that options each a fixed-tilt structure and single-axis trackers.