As scientists grapple with the challenge of combatting climate change, one of the most innovative ideas of recent years is the floating solar farm. Mixing electricity and water might seem an odd combination at first, but the technology and its application are growing fast around the world.
First patented in 2008, the concept is to place banks of solar panels on floats or membranes on bodies of water, such as reservoirs, lakes, ponds and even the sea. The idea is gaining rapid acceptance, especially in Asia, where they’ve been installed in China, India, Japan, South Korea and Singapore. Other early adopters include the United States, United Kingdom, France and the UAE, where there’s an 80kW installation by Enerwhere at Nurai Island in Abu Dhabi.