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Float on the water

It was a bit of an adventure, but they made it: Tjeerd Jongsma en Sipco Egging of Sunfloat arrived at FabCity.
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It was a bit of an adventure, but they made it: Tjeerd Jongsma en Sipco Egging of Sunfloat arrived at FabCity. They manoeuvred their floating solar panels over the River IJ from North Amsterdam, where the panels were showcased at the Innovation Expo. On their way to FabCity, their tiny rubber boats were chaperoned by a large tugboat of the Port of Amsterdam, towing the big orange buoy which is marking the location of the two panels.

It is a sunny place, behind the workshop and container of Flo.Co. ‘One of the good things about water is the panels are never in the shade’, Jongsma told us. It is one of the many advantages of placing sun collectors on water – its reflecting capacities (which increase the efficiency of the panels) and the enormous available surfaces are other ones. At FabCity, you can have a look at the deceivingly simple, yet incredibly clever construction of the panels, which are attached to PVC tubes and are held in place by water bags.