Exploring Floatovoltaics: How Floating Solar PV Could Influence Our Changing Energy Landscape


In recent years, solar photovoltaic (PV) systems have popped up on bodies of water in more than a dozen countries around the world. Although U.S. adoption of floating solar PV, or “floatovoltaics,” has been limited, reservoir operations, water treatment facilities, residential communities, and other institutions are increasingly exploring the potential benefits of siting PV systems on man-made bodies of water. Along with helping reduce evaporation rates and algae growth, water-based siting of solar PV can lower system operating temperatures and reduce the costs of solar energy generation. In this video, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) researcher Alex Aznar highlights NREL’s ground-breaking assessment of floating solar PV’s potential to contribute significantly to the U.S. electric sector of the future.

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