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Solar Panel Platform Developed For Rough Seas

We have previously made reference to solar panels being placed on the surfaces of water such as reservoirs. However, inland waters are normally fairly calm whereas the sea can become rough at times with high waves that could present a problem for solar panels remaining stable.

A Heliofloat platform may be a solution to allow solar panels to be placed on seas without getting damaged in rough conditions.

Well, you may be interested to read that TU Wien (Vienna University of Technology, Austria) may have come up with a solution to enable platforms of solar panels to be installed on the rough seas around the world. It has developed what is called a Heliofloat.

This system uses open floatation devices that face downwards that are made from a flexible material that is soft with the top section containing air. However, the seawater and the air that is not sealed are in contact with one another. This has the effect of creating a shock absorber with only minimal force being placed on the walls of the side of the buoyancy units. Apparently, a platform sits on top of these buoyancy units and when these units are correctly positioned the waves do not have an adverse effect on the platform that remains stable.

Platforms as big as 100 metres in length could potentially be created to be placed on the sea. Investors are being sought with a view to take the Heliofloat scheme further.

This would appear to be an interesting development that, if it does prove to be successful, could be used on the many rough seas bordering onto a variety of countries around the world thus enabling much greater use to be made of water surfaces by companies wishing to install solar panels on a commercial basis. This in turn would no doubt help countries go some way towards meeting their renewable energy targets and also lead to a reduction in carbon emissions that is something that countries are striving to achieve. We will keep you up to dare with developments.

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