OMICRON Magazine

Magazine | Issue 2 2023 plored around the world. The German Fraunhofer Institute has calculated that the potential capacity of artificial lakes in Germany alone is some 44 GW. The institute also mentioned the following advantages: › It would ease the competition for land use. › The cooling effect of the water increases electricity production. › There is less water loss due to evaporation. “Thanks to the cooling effect of the water, Bögl’s floating installation is expected to achieve a yield increase of up to five percent compared to roof installations. During the next few months, an accompanying study will provide concrete results,” explains Christoph Trabold, Application Engineer with OMICRON Engineering Services and Project Manager for INZELL at OMICRON. He adds: “A parallel study is also expected to provide some exciting insights concerning ecological impact. For example, water heated by direct sunlight is expected to be reduced. The photovoltaic system also protects the creatures living in the water from birds of prey, which can support species conservation.” The results are being eagerly anticipated. After all, they could be game-changing when it comes to expanding the exploitation of solar energy on unused pit lakes – not just in Germany but worldwide. MISSED THE FIRST PART? Read the introduction to the INZELL project in part 1 and learn about the project’s background. Scan the QR-Code or visit: «When it comes to commissioning, it makes no difference whether the photovoltaic system is installed on a roof or a lake.» Michael Biller, Application Engineer, OMICRON 27