Power Generation & Clean Water
Floating Solar and Our Sustainable Future
As energy costs rise and the threat of climate change looms ever larger, the interest in alternative energy has increased. Solar power, known in the science community as photovoltaics, is a viable clean alternative to fossil fuels that is growing in popularity worldwide. And with floating solar come more possibilities - and challenges.
Biohaven floating solar will scale up to handle the biggest issues.
Environmental Benefits of BioHaven FPV Platform
Floating solar is so new, water quality impacts are only starting to be understood. Today's platforms or pontoons provide the benefits of shading and cooling but they can also lead to sunlight blocking and depleted oxygen. First, we must be sure we do no harm.
BioHaven technology has been proven as a water-quality Best Management Practice over the last 15 years and is readily adaptable as a floating solar pontoon. Environmental benefits are significant and include, but are not limited to:
Clean Water projects have to be affordable
Another way of looking at it is that, with the application of large-scale BioHaven pontoons in impaired lakes, water quality can be affordable and implementable on the scale necessary to reverse the problems that are rising in impact and urgency. BioHavens help the solar industry to protect the water resource and the power generation helps water stewards clean up their water infrastructure.
The rapid rise of Floating Solar
Most people are familiar with land-based solar panels. We see them on our neighbor’s homes, on roofs over parking lots, or spread over acres of open land. Less is known about water-based solar power options. Also called floating photovoltaics or FPV, floating solar power is a rapidly emerging technology within the industry.
Popularity of FPV is growing, particularly in urban settings where there is a shortage of land to sustain a large enough solar field to support the power needs of large populations, and rural areas where land-use regulations prevent the installation of land-based solar (Elliot).
Environmental benefits are significant: