INNOSEA publishes paper on OrcaFlex Modelling for Floating PV Islands

INNOSEA’s expert Floating Solar PV team has published a second paper exploring numerical modelling in FPV.

The paper, entitled “OrcaFlex Modelling of a Multi-Body Floating Solar Island Subjected to Waves”, presents the results of a study on the computational modelling of multibody islands of floating PV panels. This study is financed by the European project TRUST PV under grant agreement number 952957. 

Installing floating solar PV into more challenging environments is a hot topic in the market currently, particularly where the presence of waves must be accounted for in mismatch studies and fatigue and mechanical considerations regarding electrical cables and mooring lines.

In the paper, authors Maria Ikhennicheu, Arthur Blanc, Benoat Danglade and Jean-Christophe Gilloteaux of INNOSEA investigate and explain that computational modelling of floating islands is a critical step in order to properly understand how floating panels interact with each other in wave conditions and to identify optimal float parameters.

“This is an important milestone for the evolution of research and development in the floating PV sector and reinforces our market-leading research & development (R&D) position here at INNOSEA. We are delighted to present this paper of our findings, kindly supported by the TRUST PV project”, says Maria Ikhennicheu, Mechanical Engineer at INNOSEA.

The paper is published in Energies journal and is free to access online below.