EDP & Partners to create cork floater for solar park in Portugal
EDP’s solar energy project will include floaters that mix cork with recycled polymers, with the ambition of achieving a neutral carbon footprint. This innovation was developed in partnership with Corticeira Amorim and Isigenere.
EDP launched the challenge: to create a more sustainable floater for the more than 11 thousand panels and 25 thousand floaters that make up the structure of the future floating solar park in the Alqueva reservoir.
After intensive work in collaboration with Corticeira Amorim and the Spanish manufacturer Isigenere, over more than 12 months, it was possible to develop an innovative material, based on a new cork composite, which will be tested for the first time in a renewable energy production project.
This new solution combines cork – a 100% natural, recyclable and biocompatible raw material – with recycled polymers and was developed at i.Cork factory, the pilot plant and innovation hub of Amorim Cork Composites, the composite agglomerates unit of Corticeira Amorim, a Portuguese company that is the largest cork processing group in the world.
Isigenere, one of the most innovative international companies in the development of floating solar systems and creator of the Isifloating system, also contributed to the creation of this new technology.
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