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Floating solar technology implemented at wastewater plant Infratech Industries has launched a floating solar system that will generate an estimated 57% more power than fixed land-based systems.

T

he technology uses water

“This technology incorporates a tracking

to counteract the gradual

system, cooling system and concentrating

loss of output caused by

system, all which help to increase the ef-

overheating solar panels

ficiency,” she said.

to create a more efficient

wastewater treatment plants and the shade

Based in South Australia’s Jamestown,

produced by the floating solar panels combats

the Northern Areas Council Waste Water

this problem by limiting the photosynthesis

Treatment Plant is the first to implement

process. The energy goes into the panels,

the new system, which is expected to

not the water, so the surface stays cool,

exceed the plant’s high energy needs and

which helps to lift the quality of treated

will feed through to the surrounding local

wastewater,” she said.

communities and council buildings.

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“Blue-green algae is a major concern for

system.

“On a broader scale, the technology is

Infratech Industries Director Felicia Whit-

suitable for any body of water including

ing said the benefits extend beyond energy

drinking water and moving water bodies

efficiencies to improve the treatment plant’s

such as lakes. Since it reduces evapora-

water quality. She said a number of water

tion by up to 90%, it can have a powerful

treatment systems, such as aerators, can

saving for areas affected by drought and

also be bolted onto the floating solar system.

dry climate such as Australia and Califor-

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