Energy/Water Nexus

Will “Floatovoltaics” Become the Next Big Thing?

Kiran Pereira
Started by Kiran Pereira on
02 Jul 2015 at 03:49
Know-how: Climate Change & Sustainability Services, Sustainable Development , Business Strategy, Policy Analysis & Adaptation, Water-Energy Nexus

Hi everyone, here is a very interesting article about something that seems to be a trending topic in the water-energy nexus domain. What do you think about this? I for one, think that it has great potential but I'm skeptical about its use over fresh water systems. I think we underestimate the importance of sunlight to the ecology of those freshwater systems in such cases. But, when used over wastewater ponds for instance, this technology could be quite a winner. What do you think?



Yoshimi Yoshida
I think transparency of those panels are important. There is a new technology born out of MIT. By making panel transparent, light goes through to the ocean / water and marine or river organisms can still thrive, as sun comes thru. CLEARVIEW POWER™ TECHNOLOGY

Invisible: Up to 90% visible light transmitted; absorbs only ultraviolet and infrared
Efficient: Over 10% achievable; optimization is independent of transparency
Low cost: low-cost, non-toxic materials; industry standard deposition equipment
Thin and light: film is less than 1/1000th of a millimeter thick
Ubiquitous: ClearView Power™ can generate electricity on any surface or device without aesthetic impact
I think if these panels are installed in reaches and not entirely covering up the length and breadth of a river, they could still work. And yeah in waste water sewers, storm water drains they can be installed, in any case a study of oxygen content pre and post installation would help us understand the ecological impacts.
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