Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
This paper explores the versatile applications and efficiency of floatalvoltaic solar panels, with a particular focus on their use in permanent installations providing energy and water to communities, and emergency response scenarios after hurricanes. The analysis, conducted across diverse global locations, reveals that the inclusion of a metallic wick significantly enhances the system's performance. The wick system demonstrates increased efficiency, resulting in higher power production and water collection during daylight hours. Ongoing research into metallic wick manufacturing aims to identify optimal materials and processes. This study contributes valuable insights for the effective deployment of floatalvoltaic systems in addressing critical energy and water needs, emphasizing the role of innovative solutions in adapting to evolving climate challenges.
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Mann, Emily, "Floatovoltaic Solar Panels with Metallic Wicks: A Location and Manufacturing Study" (2023). Honors Theses. 429.
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