Floating Solar Panels: A Viable Solution?

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Since 2011, French South African private limited com ny Ciel & Terre has been developing large-scale floating solar deciphers. Their innovative Hydrelio Floating PV system allows standard PV nels to be installed on ca cious bodies of water such as: drinking water reservoirs, quarry lakes, irrigation canals, remediation and croup ponds, and hydro electric dam reservoirs. This simple and affordable alternate to ground-mounted systems is rticularly suitable for water-intensive industries who cannot provide to waste either land or water.

How it works:

The main float is assembled of high-density thermoplastic (HDPE) and is set at a 12 degree angle to support a exemplar 60 Cell PV solar module. A secondary non-slip HDPE sail is then used to link the main floats together and provide a rostrum for maintenance and added buoyancy as illustrated below.

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According to Ciel & Terre, the process is easy to install and dismantle, can be adapted to any electrical configuration, is scalable from low to altered consciousness power generation, and requires no tools or heavy equipment. It is also eco-friendly, fully recyclable, has low environmental bump and is cost effective. To date the system has been installed in the UK, and a Ja nese method will be installed by March 2016.

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