Floating solar panels to accelerate the energy transition in Africa

Will the floating solar panel soon be the new star of the energy transition? The Conversation is interested to the potential of “floating photovoltaic systems” for the production of electricity on the African continent.

The British site relays the conclusions of a study carried out by researchers at the universities of Lancaster and Bangor in the United Kingdom, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. According to this, several countries could cover all of their electricity needs by installing floating solar panels on their lakes.

These panels are designed to float on the surface of water reservoirs, ponds or lakes. They rest on buoys and have their stability reinforced by attachments to the banks in order to protect against variations in water level or bad weather.

They have certain advantages compared to panels installed on dry land: they produce on average more electricity, have a longer lifespan

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