Innovative drone company, Aerial Power, has this week participated in the New Energy Global Startup Fest in the Kazak capital, Astana, against the backdrop of escalating regional tensions over water and energy supplies.
The founder and inventor of the revolutionary SolarBrush solar panel cleaning drone stated that “our cleaning solution doesn’t use water, or for that matter, teams of manual labour, and so we could open up large areas of Kazakhstan that currently waste precious water in maintaining their solar farms”.
The availability of fresh water and dependable electricity has been highlighted since the break up of the Soviet Union. Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan were all once part of the Soviet Union, and until the county’s breakup in 1991 had in place agreements to share water and electricity – with water being transported north from mountainous Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, and electricity heading south and electricity heading south from energy rich Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.
But according to the BBC’s article ‘Will Central Asia fight over water?’ (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37755985), published on the 25th of October, the issue has already been responsible for unrest and could lead to war.
By slashing the operating costs of solar power plants, SolarBrush is poised to shift the economics of green energy output and make it possible to build new solar farms in what until now have been uneconomic locations, owing to the short supply of labour and water.