Floating solar panels, an invention of its own kind is ready to add a new page in the history. It is great to acknowledge that such a kind of creation is another step to clean energy. The cost-effective prototype of floating and rotating solar panels is installed on the lake of Colignola in Italy where sun rays bouncing on the surface of panels can be collected to produce electricity.
Marco Rosa-Cot, a professor at Florence, proudly expressed his feelings about his new project. “you are standing on a photovoltaic floating plant which tracks the sun. It’s the first platform of its kind in the world!” said he.
Rosa- Clot and his team are very excited about their new invention, attracting many international buyers because of floating flower-petal-like panels. With such amazing design and international attention, they now look forward to revolutionizing Solar Power Industry.
The standard solar plants have many limitations because they capture lots of valuable agricultural land, cover up the entire buildings, and lose much-overheating energy. The floating plants have resolved such issues.
With the Floating Tracking Cooling Concentrator (FTCC) System, the unused artificial reservoirs areas can be exploited to produce electricity by utilizing solar energy. Water keeps the panels at low temperatures. Reflectors maximize solar power capture during different times of a day. Hence, this type of installation is more efficient than traditional ones.
Rosa-Cot said, “the pilot plant set up on the lake near Pisa, Tuscany, is a model of efficiency. It’s a small-scale design, 30 kilowatts, which would suffice for a dozen families or so. The standard is set at 3 kW per apartment.”
Colignola costs approximately 48,000 euros ($ 63,000) with an estimated price of around 1600 euros per KW, including installation. The flat panels are winged by reflectors and sit on raft-like structures anchored to the lake bed with a pylon.
Engineer Raniero Cazzaniga said, “If we covered just 10 % of sun-kissed regions of Sicily with 75 square kilometres of artificial reservoirs and lakes with floating photovoltaic panels, we would have one gigawatt of power installed, which is enough to power 10 million 100 watt light bulbs.”