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CSP Floating Labs Under Construction in Switzerland

Concentrated solar power (CSP) will power three floating laboratories in lake Neuchâtel, Switzerland, currently under construction by Swiss energy company Viteos SA and project developer Nolaris.

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The labs are located close to a water purification plant, 150 metres from the shore, connected to the grid and will act as research facilities to demonstrate the effectiveness of CSP on water and whether this could be adapted to other solar technologies like PV.

Each floating laboratory is 25 metres in diameter and will carry 100 PV panels. Each panel will be back-to-back on a 45° incline. The islands can rotate 220° in the direction of the sun tracking it throughout the day. Their location on the water lowers its resistance, therefore increasing its effectiveness.

The islands are anchored by concrete blocks at the bottom of the lake by cables. They will also be connected to the shore by cables and connected to the electricity grid by Viteos inverters.

The islands can be sustained for 25 years and all the parts recycled after decommissioning.

Viteos intends to invest more than CHF 100 million (US$108 million) and increase its own output to more than 80 million kilowatt hours within 10 years, as part of its renewable energy development plans.

The PV systems are scheduled to be completed by August 2013

Source: PV Tech

 




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  • Minwoo Kim

    Obama’s energy policy is right. The world goes solar. Japan’s FiT in July is among the highest in the world. Japan’s FiT is shaking the solar market. Now, USA has the same options. New solutions will be showed in Japan. This is it!

    As you know, earthquake in Japan is happening frequently. Floating photovoltaic system is one of the best solutions for power crisis in Japan. Every year Some typhoons arrive Japan. The typhoon has strong wind. Floating photovoltaic system must have constructed to resist typhoons. So you have to reduce vibration to install floating solar power generation system. Because, it can make micro-cracks to floating solar panels and the durability problem of floating photovoltaic system. The risk of power loss in PV modules due to micro cracks is increasing.

    Vibrations caused by wind, waves and external forces. New Floating Body Stabilizer for floating photovoltaic system has been created in South Korea. The Floating Body Stabilizers generate drag force immediately when Floating solar panels are being rolled, pitched and yawed on the water. Recently, these Floating Body Stabilizers have been used to reduce vibration of Floating Solar Panels in South Korea. You can watch New Floating Body Stabilizer videos on YouTube. http://youtu.be/O2oys_YHhCc, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nA_xFp5ktbU&feature=youtu.be.

    Floating photovoltaic system also needs the directional control mooring technology. Directional change of solar panels reduces electricity production. So it’s very important to maintain effectively same direction and position on the water.

  • http://www.glennrileymeyers.comorhttp://www.ourgreenstreetsblog.com Glenn Meyers

    Thanks for this letter.

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