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DNV, a global consultancy firm has released its personal designs for floating solar farms which it believes could grow to rival offshore wind farms, and offer a genuine solution to power densely populated cities – which are based on the coast.

The intention is to use 560W thin film solar panels, which are lighter and more flexible than traditional glass panels. Huge hexagonal islands will then be constructed and linked together, providing support for 4,200 solar panels over an area the size of a sports stadium.

SUNdy Solar Array

SUNdy, the name given to the concept, could then see several of the floating hexagonal islands linked together to form a field of solar panels with a capacity of 50MW or more, capable of providing power to 30,000 people.

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The hexagonal solar arrays will be split into large prefabricated parts, will should make mass production easy, and also the offshore assembly.

Bjørn Tore Markussen, the chief operational officer at DNV, believes that “the SUNdy floating solar field concept offers sound and sustainable development prospects, particularly in Asia and the congested coastal megacities where there's limited opportunity for rooftop solar power and urban areas which command premium prices for large-scale mounted solar production.”

By. Charles Kennedy of Oilprice.com



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  • Minwoo Kim on October 26 2012 said:
    The World Goes Solar. Japan's FiT in July is among the highest in the world. Japan's FiT is shaking the solar market. Now, US has the same options. New solutions will be showed in Japan. This is it!
    As you know, earthquake in Japan is happening frequently. Floating solar panels installation is one of the best solutions for power crisis in Japan. So you have to reduce vibration to install Floating solar panels. Because, it makes many kinds of problems! Vibrations caused by wind, waves and external forces. New Floating Body Stabilizer for Floating solar panels installation has been created in South Korea. The Floating Body Stabilizers generate drag force immediately when Floating solar panels are being rolled and pitched on the water. Recently, these Floating Body Stabilizers have been used to reduce vibration of Floating Solar Panels in South Korea. You can watch New Floating Body Stabilizer videos on YouTube. http://youtu.be/O2oys_YHhCc, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nA_xFp5ktbU&feature=youtu.be.

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