- Doctoral researcher - Lancaster University
Giles’ research focusses on floatovoltaics, a form of solar photovoltaics which floats on water bodies. Floating solar technology is relatively new, and up until now, there has been a limited research effort to quantify their effects on water bodies. Floating solar systems are being deployed globally, often by water utilities or hydropower operators to capitalise on synergies. Developing a body of research including modelling, in situ monitoring and field and laboratory experiments, Giles is undertaking research that will unlock the potential for floatovoltaics. Giles contributed to the organisation of a workshop that brought together key stakeholders involved with floatovoltaics. The workshop discussed the challenges and opportunities of floatovoltaics, informing the future direction of the research body on this topic.
Giles' research interests include:
- Energy environment interactions
- Compatability of renewable energy with the UN Sustainable Development Goals
- Floating solar hydroelectric synergies
- Limnological impacts of floating solar photovoltaics
- Floating solar and ecosystem service interaction
- Collaboration and engagement with industry, policy and NGO stakeholders
- Reservoir and lake modelling to simulate floating solar water quality impacts in a changing climate
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