Renewable Energy > Floating Photovoltaic (FPV) Systems - Design, Development, and Implementation

About this Classroom Training

Floating photovoltaic (FPV) systems are an innovative and rapidly growing application of solar energy. By floating solar panels on bodies of water rather than mounting them on land, FPV systems open new possibilities for clean power generation while overcoming land constraints. With many countries aggressively adopting renewable energy targets, floating solar promises to play a major role in helping achieve sustainability goals.

This two-day course offers a comprehensive understanding of floating PV technology and equips participants with the knowledge to assess the feasibility, design, implementation and operation FPV systems. The curriculum covers all major aspects from component selection, ecological impacts, anchoring solutions, operations and maintenance to financial modelling. Engaging activities and design exercises allow participants to apply the concepts to planned projects in their home countries.

The course provides theoretical grounding and practical guidelines tailored to professionals evaluating or preparing FPV projects. Participants will gain invaluable insights and tools to determine if floating PV can be a viable, efficient and ecologically sound energy alternative for their organizations. Participants will leave equipped to evaluate sites, select appropriate infrastructure, navigate permitting, and operate cost-effective floating solar systems by leveraging industry best practices.

This course will be delivered face-to-face over 2 days, comprising of 8 hours per day, 1 hour lunch and 2 breaks of 15 minutes per day. Course Duration: 16 hours in total, 16 CPD points. Maximum number of participants: 20

  • Assess feasibility, design considerations, implementation approaches, operations and maintenance models for floating PV systems.
  • Discover major FPV system components selection, ecological impact assessments, anchoring solutions, and financial analysis.
  • Evaluate FPV site suitability, appropriate infrastructure selection, permitting pathways, and cost-effective system deployment.
  • Distinguish onshore and offshore floating PV conditions and electrical optimization.
  • Discuss environmental guidelines, stakeholder engagement, safety norms, and grid integration for smooth FPV project development.
  • Power Sector Engineers and Managers who exploring innovative energy solutions.
  • Renewable Energy Engineers and Technicians who working in the field of solar energy.
  • Renewable Energy Project Managers who involve in the design and implementation of solar power projects.
  • Environmental Engineers specializing in water infrastructure and environmental management.
  • Civil Engineers who interested in the intersection of civil engineering and renewable energy.
  • Environmental Scientists who involve in assessing the environmental impact of solar projects on water bodies.
  • Planners interested in integrating solar power into water resources.
  • Energy Policy and Regulatory Professionals who working in energy policy and regulations who want to understand the implications of floating solar projects.
  • Investors and Project Developers who involve in financing, developing solar projects and who looking to diversify their portfolio with renewable energy projects.
  • Researchers who involve in the fields of energy, environmental science, and engineering seeking in-depth knowledge in floating solar technology.
  • Decision-Makers who responsible for energy policy, planning and in approving and regulating solar projects.
  • Consultants who provide expertise to floating PV players.
  • Energy Analysts who provide Analysts studying the feasibility of floating solar projects.
  • Utility Professionals who work in utility companies interested in integrating floating solar into their energy portfolios.
  • Basic
  • Intermediate
  • Course material will be provided for future reference.
  • Each topic begins with a statement of the intended learning outcome (LO).
  • Activities such as quizzes, assessment and case studies will be incorporated.
  • Engage participants through activities and design exercises to apply FPV concepts to planned projects in their home countries.

In 2006, your expert instructor joined the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands, ECN (known as TNO), on the technical development of solar panels and systems. There, she worked on organic solar cells, back contact solar panels and system optimization, such as shade optimization and integration of PV into buildings and infrastructure. As a result, she is well informed about different PV techniques and materials used. She set up the design for recycling program and secured initial funding for this. She also started the PV Applications research program, including development of integrated PV products and floating solar systems. At ECN, she was responsible for developing the curriculum at the ‘Solar Academy’, which provided a combination of theoretical and hands-on training to solar professionals. In 2016, your expert instructor joined Exasun, a manufacturer in roof PV systems as a R&D manager. Here, she was responsible for material selection, process optimization and the introduction of quality measurements. In 2018, she started to provide parties working in the renewable energy sector with substantive support to apply for innovation grants. She has been involved with a company supplying solar mounting structures, including floating constructions. Her roles were to set up calculations for wind load according to NEN1991, design and set-up two floating pilot facilities where panel temperature, power output and the long-term impact on water quality are measured. As part of a project for the Dutch National Consortium Solar on Water, proposals for design optimization were developed for FPV construction. She also serves as the project leader for an innovation project on Agri-PV, combining solar panels and agriculture on the same plot of land. These systems are currently undergoing development and practical testing. In collaboration with Wageningen University, a position paper on this topic was successfully published. She was also involved in advising policymakers on the necessary steps for the successful implementation of Agri-PV. Your expert instructor received her PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Groningen in 2003. Following this, she spent 3 years at the University of Cambridge (UK, Department of Materials Science) as a Marie Curie Research Fellow. Her research on multi-ferroic materials has been published in Nature, Science, and Nature Materials, among others, and has been cited more than 12,000 times.

To further optimise your learning experience from our courses, we also offer individualized “One to One” coaching support for 2 hours post training. We can help improve your competence in your chosen area of interest, based on your learning needs and available hours. This is a great opportunity to improve your capability and confidence in a particular area of expertise. It will be delivered over a secure video conference call by one of our senior trainers. They will work with you to create a tailor-made coaching program that will help you achieve your goals faster.
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Learn what past participants have said about EnergyEdge training courses

The training provided a great introduction to FPV systems, with resources that would allow for in-depth study during the development process of our organization's FPV projects.

Senior Manager Development, ACEN Corporation

With floating solar being a new and emerging technology in the field of renewables, the course presented an opportunity to share ideas and insights with experts and newcomers alike, creating insightful conversations.

Project Development Specialist, ACEN Corporation

She has an extensive background on solar systems, encompassing technical design, circularity and performance aspects. She is actively involved in the field of knowledge enhancement about the ecological impact of floating solar systems.

Coordinator of the R&D program on floating solar systems at TNO.

She is experienced in solar systems and actively participated in making the floating system suitable for specific applications.

Managing Director of Floating Energy Solutions at Sunprojects.

She has an extensive background on solar systems, encompassing technical design, circularity and performance aspects. Her knowledge and experience in this field ensure a thorough explanation.

Sr. Ecologist at NIOO.