Solar powered floating research centers

Solar powered floating research centers

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Floating laboratories that meet their energy needs thanks to a series of solar systems. This is the plan of the Swiss energy company Viteos SA. The project is called Nolaris and provides for the preparation of three solar powered floating laboratories. The three floating laboratories they will be built in Lake Neuchatel, Switzerland.

The workshops will act as research facilities and are intended to demonstrate to the public how the effectiveness of floating pavilions, especially in combination with the use of solar concentration systems. In fact, floating pavilions can be just as effective with the classics too photovoltaic panels, we have already seen it in Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, where entire floating districts arise a solar power.

For the newbies of the subject, systems a solar concentration, also known as CSP, Concentrating Solar Power, convert solar energy into thermal energy through reflective surfaces, this thermal energy is used to "heat boilers" and produce steam, it will be this steam that drives a turbine and produces electricity.

Every floating laboratory it will have a diameter of 25 meters and will be equipped with 100 photovoltaic panels. Each panel will be positioned on a support structure that will give it 45 ° of inclination. THE floating laboratories they will behave like islands capable of rotating: each island will rotate 220 degrees so as to follow the sun and maximize solar exposure, always guaranteeing optimal performance.

THE floating laboratories of Nolaris, will be anchored to the bottom of the lake by means of concrete blocks. They will be located at a distance of 150 meters from the shore, near a water purification plant. The artificial islands they will supply energy to the local electricity grid through specially connected cables. Islands should guarantee a life cycle of 25 years and when finished, they should be recycled.

The society Viteos plans to complete the project Nolaris by the end of next August.

Video: Webinar: Floating PV design and construction (May 2022).