FloatPac Solar installs floating solar farms over bodies of water, in the process removing them from valuable land that can be used for many other applications. Positioning solar panels over water helps reduce evaporation, significantly increases solar efficiencies, and helps improve water security.
In many countries, including Australia, there is either a lack of space to install large scale ground-mount solar systems, as well as the want and need to utilise land for other applications.
In parallel with rooftop systems, large-scale floating solar farms are quickly becoming a necessity for solar energy to contribute to the energy mix. As authorities wish to avoid taking away large farmlands for ground-mount solar systems, we must find acceptable ecological alternative solutions.
FloatPac floating solar systems are designed with all of this in mind.
FloatPac Solar combines multiple environmental aspects to help deliver a sound alternative to ground mounted solar farm technology.
Our innovative, Australian designed and manufactured flotation system allows standard PV panels to be installed on large bodies of water such as drinking water reservoirs, quarry lakes, irrigation canals, and remediation and tailing ponds. By covering vast amounts of water with solar panels, FloatPac Solar helps combine many benefits into a complete product delivery.
By covering otherwise exposed bodies of water, FloatPac Solar helps to reduce evaporation to virtually zero meters per annum on covered areas of water
The unique design of FloatPac Solar means that our packing densities in all forms of air, land, and sea transport of our flotation pods is superior to other products in the market place. This not only helps to reduce freight costs associated with transporting our pods, but it also reduces the carbon footprint of transporting FloatPac Solar pods to their destination site.
Apart from the obvious evaporation benefits, FloatPac Solar significantly slows algae growth through the shielding of water by the floating solar island. Furthermore, we aim to reduce the erosion of reservoir embankments by reducing waves, whilst not affecting oxygenation of water by designing our systems to work within environmental restrictions
Designed to allow the maximum surface are exposure for evaporative cooling effects over water, FloatPac Solar helps improves efficiencies of any solar panel installed onto our flotation system. Efficiencies have been reported at a minimum of 11% increases, with some manufacturers reporting up to 21% increases in efficiencies from panels being installed over water.
Every FloatPac Solar flotation pod is manufactured from 100% recycled HDPE plastic, which is also UV stabilized, rot, and mold resistant. Manufactured using the latest molding technologies, FloatPac Solar also calls upon our vast 35 years of manufacturing prowess and experience in the marine flotation industry. All plastics used in FloatPac Solar are also 100% recyclable
By removing solar farm from land, FloatPac Solar future proofs this land for future projects. Even though ground mounted solar famrs can be removed, the remediation that is required to ensure this land is suitable for other projects can be costly, time consuming, and ca also mean limitations on what this land can be used for.
The benefits of FloatPac Solar
FloatPac Solar return on investment in line and in many instances superior to ground mounted solar farms, thanks to significant evaporation savings, reductions in ongoing maintenance costs, simplicity of installation etc.
Water security means guaranteeing certainty for the community that their water needs will be met into the future on an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable basis. FloatPac Solar floating solar conserves water through shading, generates electricity and saves money, allows natural ecosystems to flourish, and reduces water weeds and algal blooms.
FloatPac Solar can easily be installed in East – West and North facing configurations, depending on the site, solar potential, and the intended usage of the renewable energy.
Decentralized power supply
By decentralizing power supplies from large scale coal plants, floating solar farms help to ease stress on infrastructure and significantly reduce power loss across energy systems.
Simple to adapt to any electrical configuration
Energy usage synergies
FloatPac floating solar arrays is particularly suited for energy and water-intensive industries who cannot afford to waste either land or water. Wineries, dairy farms, fish farms, mining companies, waste-water treatment plants, irrigation districts and water agencies are all examples of organisations who benefit from the synergy that our system creates between sun and water.
Remote, reliable power access
Energy security means guaranteeing power supply certainty for regional and rural communities. FloatPac Solar can help ensure their energy needs will be met into the future in an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable method.
Ease of installation
With very little to no excavation work required, FloatPac floating solar farms are a very easy to install system requiring minimum site preparation or heavy lifting equipment
Strength in numbers
Our streamlined manufacturing process ensures low production cost and competitive system prices for FloatPac Solar floating arrays.
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