Photovoltaic
Vaucluse province in France leads the surface PV revolution
Seetao 2024-06-07 15:09
  • As the technology grows in popularity, many similar projects have sprung up around the world
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With the rise of the surface photovoltaic industry, its characteristics of not occupying land resources and having little impact on local residents are gradually emerging. However, the possible impacts of large-scale water surface coverage on aquatic ecological environment, such as the water vapor exchange between atmosphere and water body, temperature change, the living state of aquatic organisms and the disturbance of water landscape, are still topics that need to be further studied.

In the Vaucluse region of Vaucluse, France, a striking power station stands on an artificial lake. Covering an area of about 17 hectares (equivalent to 255 acres), the floating photovoltaic power station is equipped with about 47,000 photovoltaic panels, giving a feeling of light floating on the water. As one of the largest floating photovoltaic power stations in Europe, it is not only the city's positive contribution to the cause of environmental protection, but also won widespread praise from residents.

"The power station is located in a relatively remote location and not everyone can easily see it, but that's part of its charm," a local resident shared. Ten years ago, the city of Piolenc in Vacluse and its mayor Louis Driey came up with an ingenious idea: to build a floating photovoltaic power station by covering the water with solar panels.

That vision is now a reality. This technology project not only assembled 47,000 floating solar panels, but also demonstrated a number of advantages, such as solar panels more efficient than ground power generation. Despite some initial administrative challenges, the project quickly gained acceptance and support from the local population, making Piolenc one of the first cities in France to achieve positive energy output. Editor/Xu Shengpeng


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