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OS | Articles | Volume 16, issue 1
Ocean Sci., 16, 195–208, 2020
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the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
Ocean Sci., 16, 195–208, 2020
© Author(s) 2020. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 28 Jan 2020

Research article | 28 Jan 2020

Effects of large-scale floating (solar photovoltaic) platforms on hydrodynamics and primary production in a coastal sea from a water column model

Thodoris Karpouzoglou et al.

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Sustainable operation of floating solar platforms requires knowledge of effects on the marine ecosystem. We modelled effects on water flow and algae growth in a coastal sea. Algae growth was reduced depending on the local currents and on the density of coverage with platforms. The model represented platforms distributed evenly over areas of hundreds of square kilometres. For smaller-scale cases, effects may be smaller, and for more detailed understanding, three-dimensional models are needed.
Sustainable operation of floating solar platforms requires knowledge of effects on the marine...