An innovative floating solar farm in the Netherlands is soaking up the rays. The prototype power source can be installed on lakes, reservoirs and in coastal areas, potentially solving many issues plaguing solar technology. Floating solar farms have been on the scene since 2008.  But Proteus does something none of its competitors can do Its solar panels can meticulously track the sun as it passes through the sky, maximising energy yield.
Earlier this year, the slick, silver installation was selected as a finalist for the European Inventor Award. Named after a Greek sea god who predicts the future, Proteus is a 38-metre-wide circular solar farm, fitted with 180 double-sided panels. It sits on the Oostvoornse Meer, a lake in the southwest Netherlands. On sunny days, the island can produce around 73 kilowatts of power.  But, thanks to its two-axis solar panels and unique sun-chasing technology, it can generate 40 per cent more energy than non-moving panels on land.
Other benefits of the design are that water cooling improves power generation, plus it avoids taking up precious land, ideal for small densely populated places like the Netherlands and Japan

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