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Module manufacturer Yingli has launched a range of specially coated PV panels designed to reduce the cost of operating solar power plants in harsh environments.

The anti-reflective 'CleanARC' coating, developed by Enki Technology, reduces cleaning requirements and stands up to sandstorms, sea mist, humidity and extreme temperature fluctuations, according to Yingli. It will be made available on all Yingli panels.

Enki and Yingli claim that the coating increases a projects output while also reducing operations and maintenance pressures.

"It is extremely promising that our new CleanARC coated solar panels have already spurred project development in areas where solar adoption has been constrained by harsh climates,” said Dr Dengyuan Song, chief technology officer, Yingli Green Energy.

“By driving innovation across all PV technology components, from cells to AR coating, we are making solar power a pragmatic clean energy solution everywhere the sun shines," added Dr Song.

The new module option was announced during the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.