Solavio Labs, a Coimbatore-based solar panel cleaning startup, has announced it has been selected for acceleration in the 2020 winter cohort by Canadian accelerator Energia Ventures.
Energia Ventures is a three-month intensive accelerator for entrepreneurs with an innovative business in the energy, smart grid, artificial intelligence, cleantech, and cybersecurity sectors.
Its cohort program started on September 14, and will culminate on December 9 with all participants pitching their businesses and displaying their products.
Apart from mentoring, programming, and business support, all cohort participants will receive funding from the New Brunswick Innovation Fund (a Canada-based Venture Capital) to help scale their startups.
The Solavio product
Solavio Labs has developed an economical and effective autonomous dry-cleaning solution for solar PV panels. The cleaning bot’s retrofit nature makes it compatible with almost any solar panel, mounting structure, or climatic condition. It is also claimed to be almost 30% lighter than most bots in the market.
The dry-cleaning technology is non-abrasive and UV resistant, ensuring at least 99.6% cleaning efficiency without affecting the glass surface.
Due to its light-weight design, Solavio is disrupting the industry by introducing the shareable robot concept (one bot for multiple rows), reducing the cost of switching to robotic cleaning by more than 60% as opposed to the competition offering a bot per row and ensuring a return on investment within 2.5 years.
“The onboarding of Solavio into the Energia Ventures Accelerator program will see it expand its operations to the North Americas. This also means that Solavio is now the first PV-focused clean tech startup to be incubated under support programs in three countries (India, UAE and Canada),” Suraj Mohan, CEO of Solavio Labs said.
Solavio already has a regional office in Dubai and is also in advance discussions with reliable partners to start operations in South East Asia and Australia.
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