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Clean Air and Heriot-Watt University Collaborate to Enhance Solar PV Efficiency

Clean Air, in partnership with Heriot-Watt University in Dubai, has embarked on a groundbreaking collaboration aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. The initiative focuses on studying the efficacy of Clean Air's innovative photocatalytic coating in optimizing solar PV performance.


The strategic collaboration addresses the challenges posed by dry, arid conditions prevalent in certain regions, where dust and particulate matter compromise the efficiency of solar panels. By leveraging the expertise of both entities, the study aims to assess Clean Air's existing and enhanced photocatalytic solutions to both self-clean and improve solar performance amidst such environmental conditions.


"Heriot-Watt University is delighted to partner with Clean Air by Resysten to help develop and prove their innovative technology to significantly enhance the performance of installed solar energy. The solar testing facilities and the research expertise on our Dubai campus are ideally placed to partner with industry to develop Green Technology for a more sustainable future."
Professor Tadhg S. O'Donovan BA BAI PhD - Chief Scientist, Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt University Campus, Dubai, UAE

Over a duration of 6 months, the study will utilize the existing solar technology deployed atop the Heriot-Watt campus. Spearheaded by a team of three master's students, the project will be closely supervised by professors from Heriot-Watt University and experts from Clean Air's Dubai team.


The study comprises several key objectives:


1. Solar PV Efficiency:

  • To evaluate how Clean Air's photocatalytic coating enhances the efficiency of solar panels compared to untreated panels.

  • To assess the resilience of solar power systems treated with Clean Air in environments with high levels of dust and particulate matter.

2. Air Quality Assessment:

  • To investigate the environmental benefits of Clean Air in mitigating NOx pollution, both indoors and externally within the campus environment.

  • To compare the findings with similar studies conducted at other institutions, such as Queens University, Belfast.

3. Cost and Resource Efficiency Evaluation:

  • To demonstrate the economic and resource efficiencies achieved through application of Clean Air technology.

  • To measure increased energy output, reduced maintenance costs, extended maintenance intervals, and decreased water usage associated with Clean Air-treated solar PV systems.


"By combining scientific research with practical application, the collaboration between Clean Air and Heriot-Watt University aims to not only optimize Solar PV efficiency but also contribute to environmental sustainability. Our goal is to introduce an innovative solution and rigorous analysis that paves the way for cleaner, more efficient energy production in diverse environmental conditions."
Will Tyler - Director, Clean Air by Resysten

Want to find out more about Clean Air's pollution removing and self-cleaning capabilities?


We'll be updating this blog as the Dubai study develops to bring results and insight from the teams in Dubai. Email us today at hello@wearecleanair.com and find out more or just complete the form below.

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