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BladeRanger

Autonomous Cleaning and
Inspection of Solar Power.

About us

BladeRanger was founded in December 2015 by Assaf Friedler, Professor Gal Kaminka, a world leader in AI and robotics from Bar Ilan University, and robotics company Cogniteam.

The company develops unique technology for the autonomous cleaning and inspection of photovoltaic solar panels.

One of the main challenges facing electricity generation from solar panels is to generate the maximum amount of electricity from the panels relative to the amount of sunshine the panels absorb. Increasing the efficiency of electricity generation has economic implications in terms of the feasibility of installation of solar panels and the amount of power they generate. The company addresses this challenge head on by cleaning the panels with the autonomous robots it has developed.

The first product developed by the company is PLECO, a robot powered by a rechargeable battery that performs waterless cleaning of rows of solar panels. The autonomous robot is able to cross gaps of approx. 10 cm as it moves across rows of panels to cover an area of approx. 3,200 sqm on each recharge.

PLECO’s uniqueness lies in its AI capabilities which enable it to identify faults, map out panels, and provide output on cleaning progress, while also serving as an IoT (Internet of Things) unit, backed up by a cloud-based service for improving solar installation maintenance.

The solutions developed by the company are tailored to work on flat as well as sloped installations, and to do so under extreme weather conditions, resulting in a significant reduction in the cleaning and maintenance costs of solar power installations.

Company Management

Assaf Friedler

CEO and Co-Founder

CEO and Co-Founder of BladeRanger, Assaf has some 25 years of experience in establishing and leading R&D companies, including management of complex engineering projects. Assaf holds an M.Sc. in Systems Engineering from Tel Aviv University.

Prof. Gal Kaminka

CTO & Co-Founder

Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Co-Founder of BladeRanger, Gal is an award-winning researcher who is recognized internationally for his proven experience and contribution to artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics. A professor at Bar-Ilan University, Prof. Kaminka also heads its robotics laboratories unit.

Shimshon Wiesel

CFO

Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Shimon Wiesel has managed BladeRanger’s finances since the company was founded. He owns accounting firm Wiesel & Koresh.

Ety Zohar

VP R&D

VP R&D of BladeRanger, Ety has more than 20 years of experience in leading state-of-the-art and high-risk technology from inception to production. Specializing in development and management of complex systems involving software, algorithms, hardware and mechanics, Ety served in senior positions in numerous companies including Innoviz, Motorika and Rafael. Ety is a veteran of the technological unit of the intelligence corps and holds a B.Sc and M.Sc from the Electrical Engineering faculty of the Technion

Inbar Almozlino

Head of Software

Head of Software at BladeRanger, Inbar Almozlino has for more than a decade been involved in software development. She has particular experience in leading teams as they take software products from prototype through to mass production. Inbar holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Science, with honors, from Bar Ilan University, and an M.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Science from the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Ehud Epstein

Head of Hardware

Head of Hardware at BladeRanger, Ehud Epstein has more than 35 years of experience in R&D and engineering development management in international companies (Intel, Applied Materials, and others), where he has led international, multidisciplinary development teams comprising employees and subcontractors. Ehud has a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the Technion and an MBA from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland.

Board of Directors

Dr. Nahum Kaminka

CEO of the Center for Breakthrough Thinking Ltd. and CFO and Director of Cogniteam, Dr.  Kaminka is a former CFO of Orbot, Inc. He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Technion.

Dr. Yehuda Elmaliach

Dr. Elmaliach is CEO of robotics company Cogniteam, and a senior lecturer in Computer Science. A former Dean of the School of Computer Science at the College of Management Academic Studies, Dr. Elmaliach holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Bar Ilan University.

Dr. Ronit Koren

An External Director of Ayalon Holdings Ltd., and a managing partner at Aspire Venture and SIFOOD, Ronit holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Azteca University and an MBA from the College of Management.

Assaf Friedler

CEO and Co-Founder of BladeRanger, Assaf has some 25 years of experience in establishing and leading R&D companies, including management of complex engineering projects. Assaf holds an M.Sc. in Systems Engineering from Tel Aviv University.

Dr. Avi Luvchik

Joseph Weiss

Shuli Uzan

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