15 Apr '11, 7pm

High-efficiency solar power that floats in water

Installations like this aren’t intended for the open ocean, of course, but, as Pyron President Stephanie Rosenthal explained to me, for placid rivers, ponds and man-made pools. There’s no reason systems like this can’t be installed in wastewater, or in reservoirs, or even in the water hazards on golf courses. The water host also means they can be mounted low to the ground, kept cool on hot days, and easily withstand weather events that could topple a tall solar tower. The system avoids the problem of panels shading each other, and it also has a very small “footprint” — with three acres, you can install a megawatt of solar.

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