ClickfloatsModular Floating Solar Array

ClickfloatsModular Floating Solar Array

Current Systems use large ‘blow moulded’ supports.  These supports, though low in weight, are high in volume and this means for a large array (as displayed) many trucks are required to deliver the system.

The Connectum design proposed a ‘flat’ pack approach where the main structure is made of common parts that can be assembled on site. This significantly reduces the number of trucks required to deploy the array.

Using LS-Dyna ALE and Dynamic loadings, Vectayn highlighted where the initial proposed design did not meet requirements. Working closely with Connectum engineers Vectayn were able to develop a design that meet all requirements and the product is now in operation.

To develop the solar array the following dynamic events were simulated:

  • Wind Lift Loading
  • Snow Loading
  • Maintenance Loading
  • Construction Loading
  • Wave Loading

Wind Loading

Comparison between the initial proposed design and the final design under snow loading

The wave for the simulation is created by offsetting a volume of fluid above the natural level of the fluid at one end of the defined fluid boundary. Under the influence of gravity, the volume of fluid falls generating a wave. The characteristics of the wave are determined by the size and shape of the added volume. The system was designed to remain intact and functional with wave heights up to 0.7m.

Real World Use

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Extra 8% green energy yield – The proximity to water has a stabilising effect on the ambient temperature around the solar panels which improves efficiency

CO2 reduction – 0.381kg CO2/kWh green energy

Water savings – The array limits water loss through evaporation

Improved Water Quality – The array limits sunlight entering the water which in turn reduces the propensity for algae to bloom.

Real World Use

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Extra 8% green energy yield – The proximity to water has a stabilising effect on the ambient temperature around the solar panels which improves efficiency

CO2 reduction – 0.381kg CO2/kWh green energy

Water savings – The array limits water loss through evaporation

Improved Water Quality – The array limits sunlight entering the water which in turn reduces the propensity for algae to bloom.