Belgium has already developed a plan for how to use man-made islands in the North Sea to the special configuration (sand dunes with water-filled hollow in the middle) to produce and store wind energy. Now the country to reflect on how to apply such a scheme for the extraction of solar energy.
On the West Lake Neuchatel plan to create an artificial island with rotating elements, repeating the path of the Sun. For a start, this technology will be installed on three islands with a diameter of 25 meters. Each island will be located 100 mobile solar panels. The islands will be removed about 150 meters from the Belgian coast, where the water-purifying plant works.
A key principle of the project is the installation of the panels on a sealed membrane, which in turn is mounted on an air cushion with a little pressure overload. This allows the design to rotate 220 ° and follow the sun during the day and at night to return to the starting position. Because the solar panels on the membrane will be on the water, not on land, it will reduce the power of resistance.
Preparatory work will be completed in the summer of 2013 to "sun" of the island to fully earned in 2014. Project developers do not consider the main aim to achieve enormous supply of solar energy at the best price, but find attractive alternative and innovative approaches to the use of solar panels.