Floating solar panels for the ocean

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Water proof solar panels designed to harness solar energy from the ocean.

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FUENTE – Ecofriend – 21/04/09

Conventional solar panels can only be installed on the surface of earth however the major part of the earth is covered by highways, buildings, forests etc. where installing panels is not feasible. The rise in the demand of energy and the lack of supply has always tempted researchers to look for ways to generate energy that by no means can be termed conventional. While, the surface of the Earth is not going to expand to allow the use of solar panels, researchers at SunEnergy are envisioning a new world where solar energy is generated not on the surface of the Earth but on the surface of the oceans.

The company has developed a new type of floating solar panels known as Liquid Solar Arrays that remain on the surface when climatic conditions are right to generate electricity. In case of a storm or bad weather, the panels simply submerge themselves under the water and float again when the storm has passed. The panels are made using lightweight, readily available plastic using existing solar concentrator technologies.

 

Author: Anupam

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