NREL evaluates floating solar technology potential in US

Published onJanuary 9, 2019

The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has evaluated the potential for floating solar (FPV) across the US in a new study, notably highlighting its benefits on water reservoirs in arid regions as well as alongside hydroelectric facilities. The US may have claimed the first FPV installation around a decade ago on an irrigation pond in Napa Valley, California but few projects have materialised since. China and Japan have lead FPV installations, while demand is expected to increase across South East Asia and Europe, due to announced projects.According to NREL researchers, FPV projects across more than 24,000 man-made US reservoirs could generate around 10% of US annual electricity production, which would reduce the land requirements for conventional ground mount PV power plants by at least 2.1 million hectares. NREL noted that its study had intentionally been conservative in its findings, due to the relative underdevelopment of FPV technology and overall global installations.

Source: https://www.pv-tech.org/news/nrel-evaluates-floating-solar-technology-potential-in-us