Prospects of floating photovoltaic technology and its implementation in Central and South Asian Countries

M. Abid, Z. Abid, J. Sagin, R. Murtaza, Dastan Sarbassov, M. Shabbir

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Many regions around the globe, especially South Asia including Afghanistan and Pakistan and Central Asia, have extreme difficulties in accessing portable water and a stable energy supply. Some areas are covered with arid soil and salty water, while others have power transmission problems. Water evaporation from reservoirs is also another problem during high temperatures, thereby posing additional energy and water demands. This paper discusses the multiple prospects of floating photovoltaic technology in different regions of the world and highlights the importance of such technologies in already water-scarce regions like South Asia and Central Asia. This technology will prove to be highly feasible as it is an environment friendly and cost efficient and will help in reducing evaporation, achieving sustainable water supply and clean energy production and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. There is very minimal work done on floating solar technology; thus, there is immense need to explore and research on this technology on every level through information sharing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1755-1762
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Science and Technology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 14 2019


  • Clean energy
  • Evapotranspiration
  • Floating
  • Photovoltaic
  • Power
  • Submerged PV panels
  • Sustainable

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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