Solar power is at an all-time high, and more and more companies are looking for innovative ways to implement solar power systems. Turns out, the world’s largest solar power system at sea was just launched in the Maldives!
Typically a place you would think of for crystal clear water and beautiful resorts, the Maldives have been a major player in issues relating to global warming and renewable energy. They are actually at risk of being wiped out entirely by the year 2100, as a result of the rising tides of climate change. They are a proponent of climate change doctrines on a global platform, using their precarious issue to try and make a change.
In an effort to expand alternative energy usage, an Austrian-Maldivian company called Swimsol has launched this solar power system, using a technology called SolarSea, at the LUX South Ari Atoll. This technology harnesses solar energy directly from the ocean to power the island in an eco-friendly way. This system is not negatively impacting the ocean and its ecosystem, because these platforms float above the seabed and avoid coral reefs.
The LUX South Ari Atoll has pledged to minimize its carbon dioxide emissions, in an effort to further their sustainability commitment. By partnering with Swimsol, they have been provided with a solution to overcome the limited space available on the island for a solar farm, and have instead launched it at sea. Swimsol is the creator of the first ever patented solar power system that has the ability to withstand the turbulent and harsh conditions of the ocean, such as waves, storms, and saltwater.
Jonas Amstad, general manager at the LUX South Ari Atoll resort, says that “innovation is key to achieving sustainability, and we are happy to partner with Swimsol to work towards our goal of minimizing our ecological footprint…we aim to lead the way with eco-tourism and marine conservation work in our region as part of our commitment to good governance, social responsibility, and respect for environmental standards.”
On top of this innovative at-sea system, the resort is already using a more standard rooftop system. By expanding their solar power usage, they now have enough energy to power all of the guest villas with solar energy during peak sun hours. This actually saves them more than 260,000 liters of diesel fuel that would have otherwise been needed to power these villas.
For people staying at the resort, they can follow along with the energy savings! They are able to view a ‘solar tracker’ that allows them to see how much energy is produced, diesel is saved, and the equivalent amount of carbon dioxide emissions that are being offset.
If you were to visit the Maldives, would you choose to stay at this beautiful resort because of its solar power system?