Hexopanel


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A new technology called Hexopanel was invented at the University of Arizona and offers a positive environmental impact by slowing the evaporation of water from bodies of water such as mining tailing ponds and reservoirs, while simultaneously generating solar energy. This is a new kind of floatovoltaics which is meant to solve many problems. 

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A new technology called Hexopanel was invented at the University of Arizona and offers a positive environmental impact by slowing the evaporation of water from bodies of water such as mining tailing ponds and reservoirs, while simultaneously generating solar energy. This is a new kind of floatovoltaics which is meant to solve many problems. 

Design


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Hexopanel consists of floating hexagonal plastic panels that sandwich 4-inch balls linked together to form a cover to prevent evaporation. The panel design addresses the need for mobility through the inclusion of a propulsion system as well as GPS, so the panels can be built to be remotely configurable. Further, when configured with solar cells, the panels can generate electricity.

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The cover minimizes water evaporation, the high cost to replace that water and mine energy costs. And, in the end, it minimizes the overall environmental impact of such operations. With such features, the market possibilities grew to address similar needs for other types of bodies of water, such as reservoirs and swimming pools.

Advantages


Hexopanel has been demonstrated to be superior to the state-of-the-art in (a) theory, (b) simulations, and (c) using real data. Our simulation results show orders of magnitude in improvement, as compared to traditional methods.

Real results from data closely replicate the performance of our simulations. Research has shown that the amount of water saved by reducing evaporation is larger than 130% when 85% of the bodv of water surface area is covered.

  • Each panel is motorized and can be controlled remotely
  • Each panel is instrumented for accurate alignment with neighboring panels
  • Panels assemble into a larger unit on command

Hexopanel has been demonstrated to be superior to the state-of-the-art in (a) theory, (b) simulations, and (c) using real data. Our simulation results show orders of magnitude in improvement, as compared to traditional methods.

Real results from data closely replicate the performance of our simulations. Research has shown that the amount of water saved by reducing evaporation is larger than 130% when 85% of the bodv of water surface area is covered.

  • Each panel is motorized and can be controlled remotely
  • Each panel is instrumented for accurate alignment with neighboring panels
  • Panels assemble into a larger unit on command

Development


Developed by Dr. Moe Momayez in the Department of Mining and Geological Engineeering in the UA College of Engineering, Hexopanel is the result of the effort to find ways to conserve water in mining tailings (remediation) ponds. The company worked with Tech Launch Arizona from UA that commercializes inventions from university research to execute an exclusive license to bring the invention to market.

Developed by Dr. Moe Momayez in the Department of Mining and Geological Engineeering in the UA College of Engineering, Hexopanel is the result of the effort to find ways to conserve water in mining tailings (remediation) ponds. The company worked with Tech Launch Arizona from UA that commercializes inventions from university research to execute an exclusive license to bring the invention to market.

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