FLORENCE, ITALY – Italian engineers have realized a floating solar power plant that tracks the sun. The system costs 20 percent less than ground-based structures. Panels could be installed over artificial waterways to make better use of wasted space.
The first place of realization is Lake Colignola (Pisa) in Tuscany. Its inventor is Marco Rosa-Clot, a professor at Florence University and head of a small family business that produces a variety of renewable energy and industrial devices.
The Floating Tracking Cooling Concentrator system takes advantage of unused areas of artificial reservoirs or disused quarries and the water keeps the panels cool. Reflectors maximize solar capture.
Rays of the winter sun bounce off gleaming mirrors on the tiny lake of Colignola in Italy, where engineers have built a cost-effective prototype for floating, rotating solar panels.