Evides Waterbedrijf is a water supply company in the Netherlands. It estimates it could generate all the electricity it needs to power its pumping and distribution operations if just 30% of the reservoirs it manages were covered with floating solar panels.
But before Evides Waterbedrijf makes that commitment, it’s dipping its toe in the water, so to speak, by constructing a 1.62 MW floating solar power plant at a reservoir in Kralingen near Rotterdam.
Once completed, it is expected to supply 1.7 million kWh of electricity annually — about 15% of what is needed to run the Kralingen facility.
What differentiates this from other floating solar projects is that once the 4,787 solar panels are in place, Evides Waterbedrijf plans a rigorous examination of how the floating solar system impacts water quality in the reservoir.
The analysis will focus on algae growth, the spread of bacteria from bird droppings, the effect of reduced UV radiation on the water, and the impact of the wind.
“It is essential that the water quality in the reservoir remains good,” the company says. Keep reading this place we will be back when the findings are out…
This is a Syndicate News-Feed; edited by Clean-Future Team