Australia’s first floating solar plant was recently launched in Jamestown, SA. The $12 million array of panels floats on a wastewater treatment facility. Mirrors are incorporated to concentrate the sunlight and a built-in cooling and tracking system which, according to the manufacturer, Infratech, makes the panels up to 57% more efficient than land based panels. Water from the dam is filtered and used to cool the panels. At the same time, the panels reduce evaporation and their shadow keeps the water cooler and reduces the growth of blue-green algae.
In June, the world’s largest floating solar panel system was launched in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. The Kyocera Corporations website has information and a video about the project which has the capacity to power over 800 households.