Ayla recently announced that it is co-funding Solar PiezoClean project launched by international awards-winning Jordanian innovators Maher Yousef Maymoun and Tala Nasraween, who are developed innovative
Solar PiezoClean was founded by Maymoun with the objective of developing innovative technologies for cleaning solar panels, taking into consideration efficiency drop, water scarcity and maintenance costs. This will address one of the crucial issues and challenges affecting the feasibility of global investments in solar projects located in desert regions.
Ayla Solar Project will be used as a platform for the research and development of the PiezoClean innovation, with a plan taking place over the coming 14 months to design, install, test, optimize, and report the performance of several cleaning technologies on several groups of solar panels, and build on that to bring the Solar PiezoClean technologies into the world. Solar PiezoClean team will include a group of creative Jordanian students, engineers, interns, and experts with different backgrounds in various fields such as energy, electrical, mechanical, and programming. Worth to mention that one of the main values of Solar PiezoClean is to ensure diversity and gender equality to reach 50% to 50% ratio, and be an idol for local start-ups to follow.
"By mobilizing its financial and logistical resources to support this project, Ayla is operating under a long-term strategy to contribute to sustainable development in the Kingdom," commented Sahl Dudin, the managing director of Ayla, noting that Solar PiezoClean is a shining example of innovative projects that will have long-term positive effects on the Jordanian economy.
The project's co-founders Maher Maymoun and Tala Nasraween expressed their gratitude to Ayla for its generous support, which highlights Ayla as being one of the leaders as it is the first time a private sector company hosts and fund the Research and Development process. Maher expressed his hope that “other companies will follow Ayla's initiative as this will help the creation of a strong infrastructure and ecosystem for innovation, which in turn will enhance the economic development and create more job opportunities for Jordan's talented youth”.
This is the first milestone, Ayla works with Maymoun and the team as both aims to develop the technology to clean the solar panels at Ayla's premises, which extend over 65,000 square meters and generate around 6 megawatts of clean energy. The panels have become a key source of energy for the project, powering its artificial lagoons, golf courses, and other facilities.
It is worth noting that Solar PiezoClean was among the leading companies globally to highlight the impact of dust accumulation on photovoltaic panels, which in many arid regions can reduce energy generation between 20%-40%, which is considered a huge loss to investments in billions of dollars.