Cape Town's first floating solar pilot project paving the way for a more sustainable city

AchmatK

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The City of Cape Town has become the first municipality to install a floating solar photovoltaic (PV) system with partners Floating Solar (Pty) Ltd, the Water Research Commission and the University of Cape Town. The floating solar PV pilot, which has been established at the City’s Kraaifontein Wastewater Treatment Works, includes a floating solar PV array as well as a ground-mounted PV system to determine evaporation savings and relative energy generation performance of floating solar PV technology. This is an innovative research study where data is being collected over a 12-month period to potentially inform the design of larger utility scale floating solar PV projects over the next few years through competitive bid processes.

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SauRoNZA

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Was very impressed with the solar install at the new Checker Hyper in Brackenfell.

It’s so cleverly camouflaged you don’t realise it’s even there until you look for it. Every covered parking bay basically has an array of panels for a roof instead of the usual shade cloth stuff.

Makes for one massive system that isn’t even visible and serves a functional purpose other than PV at the same time.
 

The_Ogre

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I don't even know about this and it's less than 1km away from my house
 

Oldfut

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Nice, next they can cover Steenbras. With the pumped storage there, a lot of the infrastructure to distribute the power should already be in place. Quick win.
Ja, use daytime solar to pump water up to Steenbras for night time generation?
 

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Was very impressed with the solar install at the new Checker Hyper in Brackenfell.

It’s so cleverly camouflaged you don’t realise it’s even there until you look for it. Every covered parking bay basically has an array of panels for a roof instead of the usual shade cloth stuff.

Makes for one massive system that isn’t even visible and serves a functional purpose other than PV at the same time.
Makro in Durban had those. The poor, starving rioters who looted the place stole every one of them, never to be found again.
 

WollieVerstege

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Ja, use daytime solar to pump water up to Steenbras for night time generation?
Yup, that is one option. Although if there is excess it can feed directly into the grid.
It looks like you could have about 3.5 square kilometers of PV panels on the surface of the upper and lower dams.
 

Baise

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Was very impressed with the solar install at the new Checker Hyper in Brackenfell.

It’s so cleverly camouflaged you don’t realise it’s even there until you look for it. Every covered parking bay basically has an array of panels for a roof instead of the usual shade cloth stuff.

Makes for one massive system that isn’t even visible and serves a functional purpose other than PV at the same time.
Makro in Springfield Durban had that.
What was impressive about that was how the looters completely dismantled and stole the whole thing - every single one of them in one day - truly impressive ...
 

GhostSixFour

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Why floating instead of just placing on land?

Edit: Oh ok reducing evaporation as well.

Thanks for that. I was wondering if this was gonna be placed on the sea or something..
 

Gaz{M}

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Why do they need to test it for an entire year when this technology has already existed elsewhere.
 

The_Librarian

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that's a big floater, will take a couple of tries to flush it away...
 

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Makro in Springfield Durban had that.
What was impressive about that was how the looters completely dismantled and stole the whole thing - every single one of them in one day - truly impressive ...
wonder if they will be brave enough to steal the floating panels, given that they'll have to wade through somebody's slops?
 
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