Rotomoulding in Renewable Energy
With the worldwide drive to more sustainable forms of energy production, producers and large energy consumers are looking for more creative solutions to satisfy demand.
One such solution is floating photovoltaics (FPV) arrays. Solar panels are placed on a structure made of interlinked rotomoulded pontoons keeping them well above the water’s surface. The solar array systems are designed to take advantage of unused calm bodies of water such as ponds, lakes and reservoirs.
One of the greatest advantages of FPV, apart from its low impact on the environment, is the high level of solar performance from the panels due to their location in a wide open high reflection area unaffected by shade caused by tall buildings, objects or trees.
Additional benefits created by the rotomoulded pontoons and especially in the case of reservoir installations is the reduction of evaporation and algae growth
Another green energy solution has been the rapid developments of giant offshore windmill farms.
Offshore wind farms consist of windmills constructed on huge steel legs bolted to giant concrete pads that sit on the seabed. Unlike their land based counterparts they receive constant a constant pounding from the waves putting them under additional stress
This has meant the development of special rotomoulded polyurethane pads to act as elastomeric bearings to absorb the constant deformations and rotational forces caused by wave action.
- Solar array engineers