28 Apr '16, 5am

These Solar Panel Platforms Can Float on the Ocean

These Solar Panel Platforms Can Float on the Ocean

Solar power farms are a great idea, but not all countries have enough land to build them in a sufficient size. Enter floating solar power plants and you have a solution. These can be built on lakes and ponds, as well as water reservoirs where they have the benefit of preventing water evaporation and algae overgrowth. However, building them on oceans where they would make the most sense has not been achieved with much success until now. A team of Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology has developed the so-called Heliofloat solar panel platform, which they believe could be used on the ocean. The Heliofloat platforms are lightweight and flexible, meaning they can follow the waves and remain steady on the surface of the ocean even during storms and other rough weather. They have achieved this breakthrough by supporting the bottom of the Heliofloat with open floatat...

Full article: http://www.jetsongreen.com/2016/04/these-solar-panel-plat...

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