Floating Solar Systems
Not every roof is suitable for solar panels – factors such as shade, obstructions, age, and available space can have property owners looking for other locations for installation.
When it comes to large-scale solar projects, the most common alternatives to rooftop solar panel systems include ground mounts or solar canopies. Here’s a newer alternative that’s making quite the splash in the solar industry: Floating Solar.
Floating Solar systems enable landlocked bodies of water to harness solar energy, adding a raft of economic and environmental benefits that traditional ground and roof-mounted solar arrays cannot.
What is the Floating Solar System?
Floating solar, also known as floating photovoltaic (FPV), is any sort of solar array that floats on top of a body of water. Solar panels need to be affixed to a buoyant structure that keeps them above the surface. If you come across a floating solar installation, it’s most likely located in a lake or basin because the waters are generally calmer than the ocean. It’s also common to install floating solar structures on large, man-made bodies of water, such as reservoirs.
Decentralized power supply? How do floating solar panels work?
Since 2011, C&E French Company has been developing large-scale floating solar solutions. Their innovative Hydrelio Floating PV system allows standard PV panels to be installed on large bodies of water such as: drinking water reservoirs, quarry lakes, irrigation canals, remediation and tailing ponds, and hydroelectric dam reservoirs. This simple and affordable alternative to ground-mounted systems is particularly suitable for water-intensive industries that cannot afford to waste either land or water.
By decentralizing power supplies from large scale coal plants, floatovoltaic floating solar farms help to ease the stress on infrastructure and significantly reduce power loss across energy systems. FloatPac Solar can also be installed in dense capital city areas where land costs are at a premium and would never be used for utility-scale solar farms.
Innovation of Future
Floating solar is still taking off all over the world – these types of projects are only expected to increase in popularity as time goes on.