A prefabricated floating photo voltaic system that may be unfolded and towed out by boat for straightforward set up has been authorised by Norwegian certification physique DNV.
Sunlit Sea, a Trondheim-based startup that was established in 2019, has patented a design that consists of two aluminum sheets welded along with a photo voltaic panel laminated on high. It claims the prefabricated nature of its floating photo voltaic system drives down price for purchasers and reduces the environmental impression on set up websites.
The corporate’s web site states that the startup’s first prototype was developed in 2020 and a fifth iteration was deployed in an “uncovered location” in 2022. A timeline on the Sunlit Sea web site signifies that the corporate plans to put in its first business undertaking, a 936 kWp system, in some unspecified time in the future this 12 months.
The floats are provided in strings and are unfolded on web site earlier than being towed out by boat and related to host bigger photo voltaic modules. The panels have a peak technology capability of 537 W every, in response to Sunlit Sea. It claims that its product has a minimal assured lifetime of 25 years.
“Sunlit Sea’s answer affords glorious cooling, diminished panel degradation, and fast deployment because of pre-fabrication,” mentioned Sunlit Sea CEO Per Lindberg.
Sunlit Sea mentioned it really works carefully with the College of Oslo, Norwegian testing facility Stadt Towing Tank, and the Institute for Power Expertise, which began life as Norway’s nuclear analysis entity.
DNV mentioned world floating photo voltaic installations will rise from 3 GWp at current to between 20 GW and 25 GW inside this decade.