This floating solar plant in France can generate electricity for nearly 5,000 homes.
The O’MEGA1 project is a 17 megawatt (MW) solar farm that sits on an artificial lake in Vaucluse, France and supplies 100 percent of the energy needs of 4,733 homes – an estimated 10,000 people. It’s developed by Akuo Energy on an old quarry that was converted into a lake.
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The floating solar farm is claimed to be the largest in Europe and shows the potential of floating solar technology in France, which is estimated at 20 gigawatts (GW), spread over potential 1,300 sites, including reservoirs, flood plains, quarry lakes and industrial pools.
Photovoltaic plants on water instead of land benefit from the cells cooling, which results in less heated panels and optimized power production. The panels on water can also cover up to 70 percent of a lake, which preserves freshwater by reducing the evaporation effect.
The very simple implementation is carried out on the banks of the lake and the power plant is maintained by anchoring lines fixed to the bottom of the lake or on the banks. The project uses the Hydrelio floating solar panels by Ciel & Terre International.