BioHaven Floating Solar
BioHaven Floating Islands provide a viable, executable, and ecologically beneficial (sustainable) solution for solar energy providers.
The most promising of alternative energy sources may just be solar. Solar technologies are being incorporated into infrastructure: in covers over parking lots (doing double duty as shade), on top of street lamps, in roofs of homes and industrial use buildings, etc. And in waterways on floating solar platforms. Like all alt-energy technologies, the solutions they provide are met with multifaceted challenges.
Solar faces geographical challenges.
Alternative energy companies have turned to waterways as a place to deploy their collection panels. A weak spot in floating solar platforms is the means by which they stay afloat. A manufactured island is supported by pontoons. Pontoons are buoyant, but also very light and unstable, tossed about easily by forces of nature—wind and waves—a roughing-up that is not good for the delicate photovoltaic technologies that reside on the islands.
While BioHaven floating islands were originally introduced as small, aesthetically and ecologically beneficial additions to ornamental gardens, the innovation, engineering, research, and artistry of the BioHaven Floating Island International partners have made incredible progress designing, testing, and executing island technology that far exceeds our original applications.
The latest research and innovation by the FII team applies the strengths of our proprietary island matrix technology to problems faced by pontoon solar platforms.
BioHaven floating islands provide a viable, executable, and ecologically beneficial (sustainable) solution for solar energy providers.
Compelling evidence supports the use of our floating islands over pontoon islands:
Buoyancy— Today we have single module, seamless, floating islands of about 150 square feet that can support 2,500 pounds of negative buoyancy. In the water, their mass is astounding. Massive waves hit them and their energy is sparged into their water-damping matrix. Wind chop is attenuated.
Stability—A saturated BioHaven island will weigh twenty times as much as a similar footprint of a pontoon and will maintain a stationary position in the face of hurricane-force winds. Waves and wave energy do not reflect from the island but the energy is sparged and dispersed within the island matrix.
Durability —60+ years. In fact, islands get better.
Strength—These islands, framed together as massive archipelagos, can support seven or eight times their square footage of solar panels. The largest existing BioHaven in North America is a 40,000 square foot island that supports 900 tons of gravel.
Resiliency—Our islands have withstood hurricane force winds in the Gulf of Mexico, 48-inch snow dumps in the ocean off the coast of Alaska, a tornado in Montana, a typhoon in Singapore, and a two-day wind storm in Oregon.
Sustainability— For each square foot of BioHaven floating island, about 12 recycled PET bottles have been transformed into the matrix.
Customization—If you can dream it, we can design it. Today’s BioHaven islands can be armored with the same material that protects the insides of municipal water inventory tanks. They can support trees. They can be configured to perform multiple functions as storm breaks and fish habitats at the same time they provide the stable, resilient, sustainable support to photovoltaic units.