13 March 2023

Floating solar parks: discover 5 benefits for your business

Floating solar parks, also known as ‘floating solar’, consist of solar panels that float on water. These panels have many advantages over traditionally placed solar panels, making them increasingly popular around the world. Read in this article why floating solar panels provide added value for your company.

Use available space to the maximum.

One of the biggest advantages of floating solar panels is that they use water surfaces that would otherwise remain unused. Especially in densely populated areas where the available space is scarce, floating solar panels offer an ideal solution to generate more sustainable energy without taking up extra land.

Increase the energy yield

Floating solar panels have a higher efficiency than traditional solar panels, because the water under the panels provides cooling. Solar panels work best at lower temperatures, causing floating panels to generate more energy in warm weather than solar panels on land. This means that floating solar panels can have a higher yield per unit area.

Reduce evaporation and algae growth

Floating solar panels not only have a positive effect on the environment by generating sustainable energy, but they can also have a positive impact on water quality. Because floating panels cover the water, this reduces evaporation and algae growth, making the water less polluted and improving water quality.

Reduce the impact on the environment

Installing floating solar panels has less impact on the environment than installing solar panels on land. When installing solar panels on land, a lot of soil often has to be excavated, which can have negative consequences for nature and the landscape. Floating solar panels, on the other hand, are installed on a lake or a pond, nothing needs to be grown about this.

Extend the life

Floating solar panels also have a longer life than traditional solar panels. This is because the water under the panels ensures a constant temperature, which reduces corrosion and reduces the wear of the panels. In addition, the cooling of the water under the panels ensures that the panels are less likely to overheat, which also extends the service life.

IZEN projects are taking the lead

Lingemeer has undergone a remarkable transformation and has developed into a beautiful water recreation area in the past 20 years. To achieve the area’s sustainability goals, K3 decided to develop a solar panel park on the water in collaboration with Sunrock and EPC / solar panel partner IZEN. Although installing solar panels on water is challenging because of the dynamics of water and the need to take into account the marine life, K3 and its partners have successfully anchored the solar panel park with concrete blocks at the bottom of the lake. This project provides a sustainable and responsible way to generate energy, while preserving the landscape and ecology of the area.

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