Solar Power Is Now On Water
Are you looking for a place where you can best put your solar panel to get more solar energy?
Then your not alone in searching such places. But, what if we tell you that having a photovolataic (PV) on deserted, hot and sunny weather doesn’t always work efficiently. The supply of energy produced by solar panels is influenced by the material itself, and believe it or not, researchers found out that sometimes, a thousand of solar panels floating on water is the best way to get solar energy.
The Idea Floating The Solar Power
PV’s look great on rooftops, well, we all know that. But the question is, is there any places where we can place our solar panels effectively? Researchers found out that, as the temperature rises, the efficiency of the solar panels also decreases, and cooling them is a great way to get a better energy production. This where the idea of floating solar panels in water was born.
Thinking Outside The Box
Many scientist around the world now understands the value of solar power on water and now investigating how to efficiently build solar panels on water ensuring its energy power using the sun. Not to mention, floating solar farms utilize space that would otherwise go wasted and can also help reduce evaporation.
On April 2015, Australia’s first large floating solar plant was built in Jamestown, where it generates 45% more solar energy that solar panels on rooftops.
Thames Water built the largest floating solar power farm of Europe that consist of more 20,000 solar panels, enough to operate the utility’s local water treatment plants including enough clean drinking water for nearly 10,000 people. More construction for bigger floating solar farms are currently underway.
Catching the Wave of Floating Solar Power
“What will be the future of Australia’s solar energy farms?” The question of the many.
Dr. Greg Wilson, one of the solar research gurus thinks that floating solar farms could be the way of the future for semi-arid regions of Australia, in particular farmland and waterways for irrigation.
â€œFloating solar PV panels reduce evaporation so there is significant potential to create better and more efficient energy systems when used near open irrigation systems or for water treatment plants or large drinking water catchment areas,â€ said Dr Wilson.
â€œWater quality is maintained by circulation of the main body of water so the energy required for this can be offset by the energy produced by the solar panels. It can be far more energy efficient and cost effective to have reduced evaporation than purely generating electrical energy,â€ Dr Wilson added.
As the the world keeps on evolving, the solar energy farms are also keep on innovating. Right now, we may not be walking in waters, but we are the leaders in energy space.