Dr. Hariri: Smart Dust Mitigation Solutions for PV Systems

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in-person: B19, Hall 1; virtual participation: Zoom

Smart Dust Mitigation Solutions for PV Systems

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Dust accumulations on PV surfaces remain a critical issue for the overall performance of these solar applications. Cleaning methods such as automatic robots provide effective solutions to overcome this issue. In this talk, developments of two methods in the form of the low-cost automatic robot as well as self-driven PV cleaning systems are presented.


Nasir Hariri is an assistant professor and Chair of the mechanical and energy engineering department at Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University (IAU). Nasir obtained his Ph.D. degree in 2018 in the mechanical engineering department at Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) University, Melbourne, USA. He holds M.S. degree in mechanical engineering with mechatronics concentration from Western New England University in 2015, Massachusetts, USA, and he holds a B.S. degree from King Abdulaziz University in Mechanical and Production Engineering Department, Jeddah, KSA. Nasir’s work is directly involved and specialized in the design and implementation of various control and mechatronics systems in the mechanical and renewable energy fields. Current research efforts are toward the developments of innovative cooling methods for photovoltaics systems, where he granted several funds from the IAU-DSR. His previous research areas also include proximity maneuvers and vision-based navigation for electromagnetic formation flight, in which the work was supported in part by NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC). In addition, characterization as well as investigation of potential applications for Nitinol smart materials as a complex servo actuator in biomimetic for facial muscles. Dr. Hariri also participated and received several certificates and awards including 1st place winner of a Master Student Paper Competition for the biomedical track in the ASME-IMECE 2015 International Conference in Houston, USA. As well as entrepreneurial-lead certificate in a highly selective Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Dallas, USA, and a member in the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi.

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