BayWa r.e. and Ocean Sun were amongst players promoting their floating solar feats at an Intersolar 2019 session, held to check the pulse of the still-embryonic technology.
The floating solar debate took stock of how far the segment has come in recent years. As noted by moderator Frank Haugwitz, Intersolar’s head of conference development, the World Bank found last year a capacity jump from 2014 (10MW) to 2018 (1.1GW), spearheaded by Asia.
According to PV-Tech, The Intersolar session also had time to examine floating solar’s technical potential, beyond the claims made by frontrunners.
There to shed light was researcher Minne de Jong, who shared figures on how floating installations fare on four key fronts – temperature, irradiation, mechanical movements, bird soiling – against ground-mounted counterparts.
According to de Jong, testing by his employer Solar Energy Application Centre and Singapore’s SERIS had revealed floating panels can in some cases remain up to six degrees cooler than on-land peers. Irradiation findings were more mixed, however: observations in the Netherlands had identified instances where a cloud formed on land and not on the water but also the opposite scenario.
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