We work at the interface of research and innovation, feeding fundamental understanding of how water bodies work into floatovoltaic location, design and operation decisions and developments. Our driving aim across all our activities is to ensure that if floatovoltaic systems are installed they maximise positive impacts on the water body and minimise deleterious effects. To achieve this we draw on a suite of laboratory, field, and modelling competencies and a range of disciplines. 

We take a collaborative approach to our research and innovation activities, working with cross-sectoral teams of project partners, and draw on an extensive international network of researchers. The topicality of our research and innovation activities presents a range of funding streams, from fully industry funded to research council funding that only requires in-kind support from the floatovoltaic sector, both in the UK and overseas. If you’d like to explore research and innovation possibilities, please contact us.

In this article for PV Tech magazine we outline the potential positive and negative impacts of floatovoltaics on the hosting water body and what we see as the key knowledge gaps.

Work at CEH on modelling and measuring the impacts of floating solar panels on water bodies.

The potential impacts of floatovoltaics on water body function and ecosystem services is being explored within a NERC-funded Industrial Strategy-linked PhD project.

Solar Photovoltaic Impacts on Reservoirs (SPIR): We are working with three UK water companies, Affinity Water, Southern Water and Thames Water, to better understand the potential implications of floatovoltaics on water supply reservoirs.