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10 Dec 2019 - 15 islands, made up of more than 70,000 solar panels are being built in the Netherlands. The country is adapting to rising sea levels by changing focus from putting solar panels on rooftops and land to water. 

  • 15 islands, made up of more than 70,000 solar panels are being built in the Netherlands.
  • The sun-tracking panels face the sun all day, so they’re able to absorb more energy.

The famous poem “No Man is an Island” – meaning no one is completely self-sufficient – has resonated with Western society since the 17th century. But what if a man is an island comprised of solar panels? The odds of survival would be much higher.

In the Netherlands, the largest solar panel island project to date is currently being developed. Set to consist of 15 islands on the Andijk Reservoir in North Holland, 15 floating solar islands, containing 73,500 panels, will be the first sun-tracking islands of this size in the world.

Arnoud Vandruten, managing director of Floating Solar, a solar panel supplier of the project says the islands are in the engineering phase and will be put into the water in September, October, and November of this year. It’s no coincidence that this adaptation was born in the Netherlands, as people there already live below sea level.

CONTINUE READING ONLINE HERE: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/12/the-netherlands-is-building-solar-islands-to-fight-rising-sea-levels/

PHOTO: REUTERS - The project is set to consist of 73,500 panels. 

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Publication date: 
10/12/2019
Publication Organisation: 
World Economic Forum (WEF)
Publication Author: 
Mike Girling
Thematic Area: 
Blue economy
Country/ies: 
Netherlands
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