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Floating Photovoltaic Thin Film Technology—A Review

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The fast depletion of fossil fuels and the associated environmental problems increased the demand for an alternate energy source. One such promising renewable energy technology is the solar energy, with a common application of photovoltaic (PV) systems. Conventional PV system faces the serious disadvantage of occupying vast land resources for installation in megawatt scale. Thus, the novel concept of floating photovoltaic (FPV) technology is developed by accounting the value of land in agriculture and urban sites. The electrical yield in FPV-based system is comparatively due to the cooling effect from water which prevents overheating of solar panels. Out of several energy extracting technologies available in FPV systems, thin film technology is found to be highly efficient. It can also be seen as a propitious technology for future large-scale FPV systems. This paper presents a detailed review of thin film technology adopted in the FPV system.


  • Floating photovoltaic
  • Solar energy
  • Thin film
  • Efficiency
  • Offshore

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Nagananthini, R., Nagavinothini, R., Balamurugan, P. (2020). Floating Photovoltaic Thin Film Technology—A Review. In: Reddy, A., Marla, D., Simic, M., Favorskaya, M., Satapathy, S. (eds) Intelligent Manufacturing and Energy Sustainability. Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies, vol 169. Springer, Singapore.

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