Water Conservation Potential of Self-Funded Foam-Based Flexible Surface-Mounted Floatovoltaics

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dc.contributorAalto Universityen
dc.contributor.authorHayibo, Koami Soulemane
dc.contributor.authorMayville, Pierce
dc.contributor.authorKailey, Ravneet Kaur
dc.contributor.authorPearce, Joshua M.
dc.contributor.departmentMichigan Technological University
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Electronics and Nanoengineering
dc.date.accessioned2021-01-27T09:10:54Z
dc.date.available2021-01-27T09:10:54Z
dc.date.issued2020-12
dc.description.abstractA potential solution to the coupled water-energy-food challenges in land use is the concept of floating photovoltaics or floatovoltaics (FPV). In this study, a new approach to FPV is investigated using a flexible crystalline silicon-based photovoltaic (PV) module backed with foam, which is less expensive than conventional pontoon-based FPV. This novel form of FPV is tested experimentally for operating temperature and performance and is analyzed for water-savings using an evaporation calculation adapted from the Penman-Monteith model. The results show that the foam-backed FPV had a lower operating temperature than conventional pontoon-based FPV, and thus a 3.5% higher energy output per unit power. Therefore, foam-based FPV provides a potentially profitable means of reducing water evaporation in the world's at-risk bodies of fresh water. The case study of Lake Mead found that if 10% of the lake was covered with foam-backed FPV, there would be enough water conserved and electricity generated to service Las Vegasand Reno combined. At 50% coverage, the foam-backed FPV would provide over 127 TWh of clean solar electricity and 633.22 million m(3) of water savings, which would provide enough electricity to retire 11% of the polluting coal-fired plants in the U.S. and provide water for over five million Americans, annually.en
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dc.identifier.citationHayibo , K S , Mayville , P , Kailey , R K & Pearce , J M 2020 , ' Water Conservation Potential of Self-Funded Foam-Based Flexible Surface-Mounted Floatovoltaics ' , Energies , vol. 13 , no. 23 , 6285 . https://doi.org/10.3390/en13236285en
dc.identifier.doi10.3390/en13236285
dc.identifier.issn1996-1073
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dc.identifier.urihttps://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/102339
dc.identifier.urnURN:NBN:fi:aalto-202101271650
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherMDPI AG
dc.relation.ispartofseriesEnergiesen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesVolume 13, issue 23en
dc.rightsopenAccessen
dc.subject.keywordwater
dc.subject.keywordfloatovoltaic
dc.subject.keywordphotovoltaic
dc.subject.keywordenergy water nexus
dc.subject.keyworddual use
dc.subject.keywordwater conservation
dc.subject.keywordFPV
dc.subject.keywordfloating photovoltaic
dc.subject.keywordsolar energy
dc.subject.keywordPHOTOVOLTAIC FLOATING COVER
dc.subject.keywordSOLAR PANEL
dc.subject.keywordPERFORMANCE
dc.subject.keywordELECTRICITY
dc.subject.keywordIMPLEMENTATION
dc.subject.keywordTEMPERATURE
dc.subject.keywordEVAPORATION
dc.subject.keywordGENERATION
dc.subject.keywordRADIATION
dc.subject.keywordRESERVOIR
dc.titleWater Conservation Potential of Self-Funded Foam-Based Flexible Surface-Mounted Floatovoltaicsen
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