Floating solar PV can be used to power water pumps for irrigation in agriculture. In areas where land is scarce, using the surface of water bodies such as ponds or lakes for floating solar PV can provide an alternative solution for powering water pumps.
Floating solar PV for irrigation involves the installation of solar panels on floating platforms on bodies of water such as lakes, ponds, and reservoirs, to generate electricity for water pumping and irrigation in agriculture.
Comparing floating solar PV to traditional land-based solar installations, there are a number of benefits. For instance, using the surface of bodies of water for floating solar PV eliminates the need for land, which can be especially beneficial in locations where land is expensive or limited.
The solar panels can also be cooled by the water beneath them, which can lengthen their lifespan and increase their effectiveness. Water resources can be conserved by using floating solar PV for irrigation as it can help to lessen water evaporation from the body of water on which they are situated.
The electricity generated by the floating solar panels is used to power water pumps that move water from the body of water to the irrigation system. This allows farmers to irrigate their crops without relying on fossil fuels or grid electricity, which can be expensive and unreliable in rural areas.
The viability and advantages of floating solar PV for irrigation have been shown in numerous projects throughout the world. For instance, the government of India has started a campaign to encourage the construction of floating solar PV for irrigation in a number of states. On the site of a former coal mine in China, the largest floating solar PV plant in the world was constructed to provide power for irrigation and other applications.
Overall, floating solar PV for irrigation can offer farmers and rural populations that depend on irrigation for their livelihoods a sustainable and renewable energy alternative. It is likely that we will see more initiatives and investments in this developing area as the technology advances and costs continue to decrease.
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