What Are Floating Solar PV Systems?

Floating photovoltaic (floating solar PV) refers to any form of solar which floats on the top of a water body. To do this, solar panels are attached to a buoyant structure which enables them to float. They are often used on lakes, reservoirs and other internal bodies of land. This is because the sea can often move too much for a floating solar system to work.

The very first use can be traced to 2008. Since then, systems have started to be installed across the world including Japan, the UK and China.

How Do They Work?

Floating devices work in the same way as a traditional solar panel. The only difference is that they are placed on top of water.

In short, a solar panel works by letting particles of light (photons) to separate electrons from atoms. As a result, this creates a flow of electricity.

Why Should I Use Solar?

There are several reasons why you should consider using floating solar PV systems. One of the best reasons is that they save valuable space on land. As they are being placed on water, there is no need for land to be used, leaving it open.

Additionally, these systems are environmentally friendly and provide a high rate of performance. As they are placed on top of cold water, the panels can easily cool down and work harder to convert more energy.

Who Uses Solar Farms?

Despite being a fairly new approach, the use of floating solar PV systems is being used across the globe.

These installations are most often used for power supplies and can be installed on the majority of water bodies apart from the sea.

Taking safety seriously

Our team takes safety extremely seriously and we ensure that all staff are safe whilst the installation process takes place. The systems we install enable personnel to access safely using additional components. These can include rescue equipment, floating walkways and edge protection.

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