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Italian Engineers Pioneer Floating Solar Panels

Italian Engineers Pioneer Floating Solar Panels
Science News by NewsLook

Solar panels floating on the sea: the idea may sound like something from science-fiction, but an Italian firm has made it a reality. In the first scheme of its kind in the world, the panels turn on the water in order to follow the sun. As well as providing renewable energy, the scheme is cheaper to install than traditional solar panels.

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7:44AM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

A very good idea but the effect that large scale installations would have on the underlying water needs to be considered.

12:02AM PST on Mar 11, 2012

That sounds helpful, and from the picture it looks like sunlight will still get into the ocean. While it would potentially decrease the amount that does get into the ocean, as long as no one area is too heavily paneled, it should be okay. The ocean is rather vast.

3:17AM PST on Mar 10, 2012

Very interesting :)

12:55AM PST on Mar 6, 2012

Ok the Engineers do realise that there is plant life that also require the sun to grow. It's not like they going to have these panels just floating in the sea not attached to the sea bed, blocking the sun from other animals require the sun to live.
SOLUTION: Human beings not to STOP producing. Less Humans less need for engery, fuel, and places to live.

4:29AM PST on Mar 3, 2012

Sounds good!

10:10AM PST on Mar 2, 2012

how wonderful - combining sea and wind to produce energy

2:48AM PST on Mar 2, 2012

hmm might work

i wonder tho how this would impact on the oceans eco system tho

9:24AM PST on Feb 28, 2012

Interesting!!

4:46AM PST on Feb 26, 2012

Yes Yaniv, they are expensive, partly because so few people install them, and they take a few years to pay back. 5 in my case, in cloudy England. But they last for decades. They are an investment in the Earth, humanity, and the future.

4:43AM PST on Feb 26, 2012

It sounds hopeful.

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