Smart solar maintenance: IoT-enabled automated cleaning for enhanced photovoltaic efficiency

Puviarasi Ramalingam, Jayashree Kathirvel, Arul Doss Adaikalam, Deepa Somasundaram, Pushpa Sreenivasan


This innovative project aims to increase the effectiveness and user experience of solar panel systems by introducing a state-of-the-art dust and speck removal system. Leveraging cutting-edge technology, the system demonstrates a remarkable 32% increase in power output compared to dirty solar panels. The approach is characterized by its reliance on the universe as the system controller, reducing the need for manual intervention and minimizing the workforce required for panel cleaning. The proposed timed system utilizes water and wipers, facilitated by internet of things (IoT) technology, microcontrollers, and sensor modules for efficient and automated operation. An Android application provides user control and notifications about ongoing processes. The system’s adaptability for various settings is emphasized, offering a portable solution. The smart IoT based automatic solar panel cleaning ensures reliable performance, underscoring the project’s commitment to improve scalability, cost-efficiency, performance, integrity, and consistency.


Energy optimization; Internet of things; Microcontroller; Sensors; Solar panel

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The Indonesian Journal of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (IJEECS)
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