Photovoltaic cells were only used for specific applications such as
those of the space and military industries until their prices
significantly decreased at the end of the nineties, making it possible
to employ them for other applications such as large solar farms. For
this reason, the litterature regarding such installations is relatively
Design and Optimization of a Wave Driven Solar Tracker for
Floating Photovoltaic Plants.
Authors: Ruoyu Xu, Chongfeng Liu, Hengli Liu, Zhenglong Sun, Tin
Lun Lam, and Huihuan Qian.
Performance enhancement of solar powered floating photovoltaic
system using arduino approach.
Authors: Nur Amirah Abdul Jamil, Siti Amely Jumaat, Suriana
Salimin, Mohd Noor Abdullah, Ahmad Fateh Mohamad
A Review on Floating Photovoltaic Technology (FPVT).
Authors: Hasnain Yousuf, Muhammad Quddamah Khokhar,
Muhammad Aleem Zahid, Jaeun Kim, Youngkuk Kim,
Eun-Chel Cho, Young Hyun Cho, Junsin Yi.
Dynamic response of the mooring system in the floating
photovoltaic power station.
Authors: Fei Yu, Yi Su, Yuliang Liu, Haibo Liu, Fei Duan.
Solar floating photovoltaic power station unit Structural simulation
Authors: Yaoping Bei, Bingqing Yuan, Qichen Wu, Liang Zhu, and
A Novel Accelerated Aging Test for Floats in a Floating
Authors: Chun-Kuo Liu, Zhong-Ri Kong, Ming-Je Kao, and Teng-
Overview of Possibilities of Solar Floating Photovoltaic Systems in
the OffShore Industry.
Authors: Thi Thu Em Vo, Hyeyoung Ko, Junho Huh, and Namje
A floating photovoltaic system for fishery aeration.
Authors: E G Pratama, W Sunanda, and R F Gusa.
Floating solar stations.
Author: Hesan Ziar.
Is floating photovoltaic better than conventional photovoltaic?
Assessing environmental impacts.
Authors: Gardenio Diogo Pimentel Da Silva and David Alves
Policy Proposals for Photovoltaic Waste Disposals of a Floating
Solar Farm in Sirindhorn Dam, Thailand.
Author: Chansatya Meas.
Dealing with uncertainties: floating solar farm in natural lakes.
Author: A C Santos-Borja.
Ice Load Characteristics on Floating Photovoltaic Platform.
Authors: Tomasz Kolerski, Parisa Radan and Dariusz G
Photovoltaic forecasting model in Thailand: case study solar
farm at Nakhon Ratchasima province.
Authors: Withaya Yongchareon, Sumlee Thongthew, and Pensiri
Floating Photovoltaic Plant in India: Current Status and Future
Author: Debajit Misra.
Solar Panels Life After Death -An Overview on Solar Panel
Recycling Methods and Imminent Business Opportunities
Authors: Surender Rangaraju, Osama Isaac, Abhijit Ghosh, Phu
Le Vo, Shakthi Bharath.
Floating photovoltaic systems: photovoltaic cable submersion and
Authors: Ricardo Rebelo, Luís Fialho, Maria Helena Novais.
Potential of floating photovoltaic plant in a tropical reservoir in
Authors: Italo Sampaio Rodrigues, Geraldo Luis Bezerra Ramalho,
Pedro Henrique Augusto Medeiros.
Study of Economic Viability of Floating Photovoltaic Electric Power
Authors: A A Untoro, T Gunawan, B D Hidayanto, F A Perkasa,
and A A Wijaya.
Videos & animations
Apollo Power: Flexible floating Photovoltaic panels installation.
Apollo is a flexible solar panels manufacturer headquartered in
Address: Creation Street 3 Ramat Gan, 5252141 Israel.
Innosea, Ciel & terre, & Solarplaza: The floating solar plant
Innosea offers engineering technical consultancy and support
services in offshore renewable energies. The company is
headquartered in France, with a subsidiary in the United
Website: www.innosea.fr or http://innosea.co.uk/
Address: 1 rue de la Noe, 44321 Nantes – France
Phone: +33 (0) 2 53 35 50 90
Ciel et terre is specialized in floating solar farms mooring
Address: 100 avenue Harrison, 59262 Sainghin-en-Mélantois,
Phone: +33 (0)3 20 01 05 65
Solarplaza International BV is an independent global platform for
knowledge, trade and events for the photovoltaic solar energy
Address: Conradstraat 18 (E2-166), 3013 AP, Rotterdam.
Phone: +31 (0) 10 280 9198
Ocean sun: Kyrholmen floating solar project - Installation
.This video and the one in the next point are about Kyrholmen
demonstrating a project in Norway that consisted of installing
floaters of 50 m diameter to supply fish farms (Customer:
Ocean sun is a company based in Norway specialized in flexible
The company is headquartered at Fornebu just outside Oslo
Norway. The South East Asia office is located in Singapore, the
North East Asia office is located in Shanghai.
Ocean sun: Kyrholmen floating solar project - Rough weather
Romande Energie Holding SA: A floating solar farm in alpine
Romande Energie Holding SA is a Switzerland-based holdin
company engaged in the production and distribution of
electricity. The Company operates through its subsidiaries and
Sirindhorn dam solar farm project (Video from Reuters)
This project is led by the Electricity Generating Authority of
Thailand (EGAT). Sirindhorn Dam Project combines 45 MW of
solar energy with the electrical production of the dam.
The solar panels selected for this project are crystalline double
glass modules installed on high-density polyethylene (HDPE)
plastic floating platforms covering 720,000 square meters.
Solarvest: The photovoltaic system 12995 Mwp floating solar
farm Dengkil Selangor.
Solarvest is a solar panel manufacturer headquartered in south
Address: Unit 11, Acacia Park, 1 Falcon Road, Shakashead,
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Phone: +27 78 778 1803
Sungrow: Floating solar installation.
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Sungrow Power Supply Co., Ltd. (“Sungrow”) is a producer of
photovoltaic solutions and energy storage systems as well as
floating PV plant solutions.
The company is headquartered 575 Market Street, San
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About floating and offshore solar farms (May 2022)
When I launched the discussions regarding the alternative markets to
oil and gas, my intention was not to discuss solar farms, as the
information I had was that most plants are installed on buildings,
unoccupied ground areas, and lakes where they are protected from
harsh weather conditions that may damage their rigid photovoltaic
modules. Another information was that most floating facilities are
initially thought to be installed and maintained from the surface.
However, after reading articles and scientific studies, I realized that a
new generation of silicon solar panels mounted on a flexible hydro-
elastic floating membrane makes it possible to install such systems
In addition, a lot of documents suggest that the large floating
installations recently created require complex mooring systems and
numerous floats that will have to be maintained regularly. For example,
Anhui CECEP's floating solar plant in China comprises 194,731 floating
solar panels and is said to require 1500 anchor lines. The one on
Siridhom Dam Lake in Thailand requires a similaramount of floats and
anchors. According to the company Ciel & Terre, which specializes in
mooring installations, the lines should be checked twice a year. Thus,
even though limited to inspections and light maintenance works, a
market can be created.
Also, a lot of studies suggest that the advantages of floating
photovoltaic systems are that they do not occupy lands that can be
kept available for other activities and that the presence of water
underneath the panels favors their cooling and thus provides them
a better efficiency. Based on these facts, and also considering that
the number of lakes, ponds, and other water surfaces available is
limited, we can imagine that the installation of flexible solar panels
may develop near the shore and offshore, depending on the cost to
transfer the electricity to the beach and whether they are installed
away from maritime traffic and conflicting activities. It is, for
example, not nonsense to imagine solar farms in place of
decommissioned petroleum installations.