Get to Know Trucks Created Just To Let Solar Power Plants Shine
In the Rub` al-Khali desert, south of Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, is the world's largest solar power plant, Shams 1.
With an area of approximately 2.5 square kilometers, the plant contains 258, 048 reflector mirrors that heat water tanks and move turbines, producing energy.
As the desert provides strong solar radiation, the site is suitable for energy production within this plant model. The problem is that where there is desert there is a lot of sand, and these mirrors get very dirty in a very short time.
For this reason, special trucks are tasked with cleaning the plant's equipment after sunset. The five vehicles take three days of night work to cover the entire mirror area of Shams 1.
These trucks have robotic arms that perform almost automatic cleaning. Sensors detect proximity to the structure and touch a kind of cloth to the mirrors.
The driver of the vehicle then drives at a speed of 9 km / h while the machine pours water and cleans these reflectors.