Innovative Zero-angle structure for floating solar plants can lower the initial capital costs of the plants. Because it needs little material per kilowatt of electricity produced. The structure consists of rafts which have three main parts
- Floating ring
- Solar panels.
As an example, the zero-angle floating solar park will now be tested on the reservoir of the Banja hydropower plant in Albania by Statkraft.
Statkraft incorporates with Ocean Sun in constructing its first step into the floating solar power market. According to Statkraft, this floating solar park will consist of four “rafts”, each with a diameter of about 70 meters, covering a total of over 15 000 square meters with solar panels. Each raft has a plastic ring and a thin membrane, much like a giant inflatable children’s pool.
This innovative zero-angle floating structure may help to extend exploiting the floating solar potential in the world due to its cost competitiveness, removing the need to rent lands and preparing them, resolving the sightseeing challenge of ground-mounted plants as well as reducing water evaporation. According to a recent report from the World Bank, the global potential of floating solar is 400 GW on man-made reservoirs alone under moderate assumptions. When adding coastal waters the potential becomes enormous.
DNV GL has recently confirmed the conformality of Ocean Sun’s statement for its floating solar design methodology. According to Solar Daily, the conformity statement is the first of its kind and was issued following a thorough verification process which sets the standard for the expansion of floating solar globally and opens opportunities to scale up solar energy production around the world. The conformity statement of the zero-angle structure verifies its applicability for the solar industry sector.
Statkraft is a leading company in hydropower internationally and Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy.
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