Can floating solar be a thing of the (not-so-distant) future?
According to the World Economic Forum, “…floating solar could be a valuable tool to help African nations expand their power infrastructure sustainably.”
Renewable Energy recently published a new paper. Experts say that the possibility of utilizing floating solar panels installed on bodies of water – such as lakes – can boost the generating capacity of already-existing dams. And with Africa being a continent caught between “a climate crisis and widespread energy poverty,” experts say, another regional expert tells Carbon Brief that floating solar could “be a valuable tool to help African nations expand their power infrastructure sustainably.”
A valuable team from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre states, “Floating photovoltaics could be a potential alternative to expanding hydropower in certain areas, especially in water scarce regions where droughts are causing severe repercussions on hydroelectric generation.”
And lastly, Josh Gabbatiss, a journalist, states that in a “maximum scenario” where 100 percent of each reservoir that is utilized was covered with solar panels – the energy of the future – there would very well be an accompanying 100-fold increase in capacity, with 2,922 gigawatts of solar added to the already-existing 28 gigawatts of hydropower.