Effectiveness of Rain Cleaning on Artificially Soiled PV Modules with and Without Anti-soiling Coatings

T. Curtis, V. Sreenivash, L. Simpson, G. Tamizhmani

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A simple, inexpensive methodology for testing the effectiveness of rain cleaning on artificially soiled single-cell and multi-cell photovoltaic (PV) modules having anti-soiling coatings has been developed. Using an indoor soil deposition chamber and methodology as described in our previously published work, multiple layers of soil were deposited on to the glass surface of single-cell PV modules subjected to controlled temperature and humidity cycles. Three single-cell monocrystalline PV modules are reported in this study, two of which had different anti-soiling (AS) coatings applied to the surface and the third did not have any AS coating. The set-up and operation of a rain-simulator is described as well as the rain cleaning parameters the PV test modules were exposed to. The purpose of this work is to determine the effectiveness of anti-soiling coatings and cleaning techniques, so vendor claims can be quantitatively validated using an appropriately controlled soil deposition chamber and a rain simulating spray nozzle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2019 IEEE 46th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728104942
StatePublished - Jun 2019
Event46th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2019 - Chicago, United States
Duration: Jun 16 2019Jun 21 2019

Publication series

NameConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
ISSN (Print)0160-8371


Conference46th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • anti-soiling coating
  • photovoltaic modules
  • rain cleaning
  • rain gain
  • soil deposition chamber
  • soiling loss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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