Floating solar power plants: an incipient sector that inspires industrialists
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An article by our partner site Le Monde de l’Énergie
Renewable energy producer Akuo Energy has announced the start of construction of France’s first floating solar power plant, to be built on the lake contained in a former quarry in Piolenc in southeastern France. In the view of many specialists, the potential for developing floating solar power plants and its advantages in terms of land use are underestimated. Potential sites include dam reservoirs, industrial reservoirs, wastewater treatment plants, fish farm ponds, etc. Like similar power plants installed on roofs, floating photovoltaic power plants can utilise surfaces that have so far not been used in energy production. This feature is especially advantageous in those countries where land is in short supply for developing conventional solar farms. It comes as no surprise that ambitious initiatives are regularly being taken in the sector, which is still in its infancy.
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