Ground-breaking floating solar technology launches in Australia

Ground-breaking floating solar technology launches in Australia

ADELAIDE, Australia, 29 April 2014 – Infratech Industries launches Australia’s first floating solar system today which will generate an estimated 57 percent more power than fixed land-based systems.

The proprietary tracking, cooling and concentrating technology uses water to counteract the gradual loss of output caused by overheating solar panels to create a better performing and more efficient system.

Based in South Australia’s Jamestown, the Northern Areas Council Waste Water Treatment Plant is the first to implement the new system which is expected to exceed the plant’s high energy needs and will feed through to the surrounding local communities and Council buildings.

Infratech Industries Director Felicia Whiting said the benefits extend beyond energy efficiencies to improve the treatment plant’s water quality and create nearly 70 new jobs for the local community as a result of the project.

“Blue-green algae is a major concern for wastewater treatment plants and the shade produced by the floating solar panels combats this problem by limiting the photosynthesis process. The energy goes into the panels, not the water, so the surface stays cool which helps to lift the quality of treated wastewater.” she said.

“On a broader scale, the technology is suitable for any body of water including drinking water and moving water bodies such as lakes. Since it reduces evaporation by up to 90 percent, it can have a powerful saving for areas affected by drought and dry climate such as Australia and California, Indonesia, Singapore and Philippines,” she said.

The Northern Areas Council will reap additional economic benefits with a cost saving of approximately 15 percent on their current energy expenditure plus an additional one percent margin on the excess energy provided to the local community.

No small undertaking and privately funded, more than 15 Australian engineers and research scientists in the Nano Science and Technology Department in Adelaide’s Flinders University were involved in the project’s technological and engineering development. The development team will remain involved as research and development continues into integrated water treatment, phosphorous treatment systems and energy storage.

Jon Dee, Australia’s leading expert in energy efficiency, author of ‘Energy Cut’ (EnergyCut.info/SME-book), and co-founder of the Planet Ark and DoSomething organisations, has applauded the innovation and leadership of Infratech Industries.

“Solar PV panels currently generate renewable electricity on more than 1.36 million Australian rooftops, so we’ve more than shown our acceptance of solar technology” said Dee. “However, many people want to see more solar innovation being undertaken in Australia by local companies, in a way that helps the environment and generates local jobs at the same time.”

“The development of Australian-owned, researched and developed floating solar is to be applauded as it shows that Australian companies can be leaders in the transition to economies that are powered by increasing amounts of renewable energy. In addition to reducing greenhouse emissions, there is also strong potential to export this technology to other countries which can only lead to even more jobs.”

As such a major milestone in the renewable energy movement, Whiting expects a national and international spotlight will be focused on Jamestown with visiting ambassadors from South East Asia, France and the Hon. Minister Ian Hunter MLC for Climate Change attending the launch with key members of the SA Cabinet having already visited the site.

“Just how strong Australia’s post-2020 emissions reduction targets remain unknown however we do know solar innovation is a milestone towards Australian councils, communities and businesses making a difference. As Australians evangelise this type of technology, it is our hope that renewable energy becomes the mainstream rather than niche solution. Change is not beyond us and this is definitely a strong step forward,” Whiting said.

###

Infratech Industries Pty Limited has offices in Sydney, San Diego and Singapore. For more information on Infratech Industries and the Floating Solar technology please visit www.infratechindustriesinc.com or follow Infratech @Infratechind.

PR Contact: Catherine Slogrove, MAVE (PR for Infratech) | Mob: 0466 669 260 |
Email: catherine@mave.com.au

PR Contact: Nicole Gemmell, MAVE (PR for Infratech) | Mob: 0416 071 900 |
Email: nicole@mave.com.au

Advertisements

About sudhahamilton

Sudha Hamilton is the publisher of Eco Living Magazine http://www.ecolivingmagazine.com.au He loves writing and reading about the things that matter. Working predominantly as natural health writer, he has been published in WellBeing, Conscious Living, and Eco Living Magazines. Having spent many years on a spiritual path, originally in the company of Osho, he has an abiding interest in the human condition. From the micro to the macro he seeks to understand the truth that lies beneath the artifice and constructs, which daily delude us all.

Posted on April 30, 2015, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: