Italian photovoltaics installer, Enerdaiet, presented at the SolarExpo in Verona, its ‘Lotus project’, which will consist of a system of floating photovoltaic panels installed in Avetrana (in the province of Taranto).
The new integrated system can be installed both in water and tidal basins where there is an energy demand, such as on farms or at oil platforms. The company says that the system does not occupy farming lands and helps to reduce the evaporation of the basins. Enerdaiet has so far installed 2MW in the solar field, and is planning to build over twenty photovoltaic parks, two of which will produce 1MW in Puglia.
Davide Argentieri, general director of Enerdaiet said, “It is by examining the concept of how water plants grow naturally in superficial aquifers that we have studied a new system for the integration of photovoltaic panels in the environment, more specifically in the inland bodies of water.”
“This project, that in the next future could be also carried out in tidal basins, represents the flagship of the technological research we have been doing by taking into consideration the protection for the territory, a reduced environmental impact and a perfect balance with the natural landscape,” Argentieri concluded.