Solaris Energy plans to float solar systems on water bodies to preserve land for other needs

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Eco Factor: Concentrating solar panels to be floated on water bodies to generate renewable energy.

Solaris Energy has won an award for an idea that could help generate renewable energy without compromising on land resources. The company, which is at the start-up stage, believes that large scale concentrated photovoltaic systems could be floated on large water bodies to preserve land for more important needs.

With a tiny (home-sized) 1KW prototype installed on the company’s roof, the developers plan to build a 200KW system that can be installed in a water reservoir in Israel to test the concept. Solaris Energy points out that a majority of the sun’s energy that hits the earth falls on water surfaces, which their floating power plant can utilize to generate energy.

Until now, CPV systems have only been tested on land, as they require high sunlight concentration levels and need a mechanism to evacuate heat, which reduces efficiency. The Solaris panels would use cooling qualities of water to negate the heat effect and better the efficiency of solar panels.

Source: ecofriend

This solar power system does seem to have many advantages; the land’s surface is becoming more and more crowded with our growing population- the need for more agricultural land  to feed us is also increasing.  Hopefully the Solaris system will not have many negative environmental impacts on aquatic life- these potential impacts should be thoroughly investigated before large-scale commercial usage of this solar energy system.

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