Clean Technica | By: Charles W. Thurston | March 12, 2019:
A uniquely designed floating solar trampoline manufactured by Norwegian startup Ocean Sun has been purchased by Statkraft’s Albania unit for deployment at the Banja reservoir in Albania. The 2 megawatt array consists of four floating units of 0.5 MW each, at a total cost of €2.3 million.
The contract is the first major commercial sale of Ocean Sun’s floating solar technology, and the project will demonstrate the viability of the technology, the Lysaker, Norway-based company said in a statement.
Unlike other floating solar designs based on individual panel floats that are linked together, the Ocean Sun design attaches a large number of panels on the membrane as a modular unit, which typically includes a rigid circumference frame for anchoring.
Ocean Sun’s trampoline-style floating solar array reduces flotation framing compared with other designs.
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