Hydrelio® floats are made of HDPE through blow molding manufacturing process. An highly resistant composition which gives to the system a 20+ year lifetime
Extreme wind resistant
Tested by ONERA (the French aerospace lab), our floating solar technology, Hydrelio® can withstand up to 210 km/h (130 mph) winds. Projects can be specifically studied and adapted to deliver higher system wind-resistance.
Safe mounting & maintenance
Hydrelio® system has been designed to be easily and quickly deployed. The secondary floats allow easy access to the panels for maintenance and cleaning.
Drinking water compliant
Drinking water compliance tested by the English Independent Water Quality Control Center
Once assembled with the PV panels, the floating platform is towed to the specified location. The platform is then anchored to stay on a static position and avoid hiting the shores while following water level variation. The anchoring system design is usually composed of:
Aluminum spreader bars that enable the connection of the mooring lines to the island and spread the load through the two connection tabs of the floats.
Cables to link spreader bars to anchors (sized taking into account water level variation).
Chains at the end of the cables to adjust length.
Main and secondary float rows (without PV panel) to secure buoyancy during harsh winds.
Anchors to moor the island on the bottom or on shores in order to withstand wind loads and to reduce movement of the island on the water surface.
Shackles to link each component: anchor and cable, cable and chain, and chain and aluminum spreader bar.
No special or heavy tools are required for floats assemblying and panels mounting. The installation work of the Hydrelio® technology is quick and simple. Minimal condition for construction work is an area of 5 meters length and a width equivalent to the floating platform row (depending on structure design). If there is a lack of space on the bank, a temporary platform is required. In actual practice, Ciel & Terre® can provide consulting to determine construction location, platform position, slope and raw materials. Also, it is essential to ensure a material storehouse near the pond.
Hydrelio® on ground
Our system is also a solution for ground plants since many sites may require lighter structure than metal mounted solutions (underground reservoirs for example). Our support structure can also prove to be cheaper (material cost, easier installation and maintenance) and well adapted for sites close to places where energy consumption occurs.
Energy generation/water treatment bundle
In partnership with the French TECHSUB subsidiary’s AQUAGO (www.techsub.com), Ciel & Terre® also provides technical solutions to manage and rehabilitate polluted water area. Thus, as well as solar electricity production, this technology participates actively in self-purification processes of water bodies.