A new study is proposing a possible solution for powering the world’s cities: floating solar panels.
The report centers around ‘floatovoltaics’, large arrays of solar panels that float on the surface of water reservoirs.
The panels and water would work together - the water keeps the panels cool so they can operate more efficiently, while the panels conserve water by blocking enough sunlight to keep it from evaporating.
A large enough floatovoltaic could completely power an entire city - and researchers say more than 6,300 cities worldwide could support them.
Floating solar farms becoming more popular. Water cools the panels making them 15% more efficient. pic.twitter.com/eGgZHM4gma— Karl Sarkans (@KarlSarkans) March 13, 2023
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