Floating Solar Panels Market Research Report – Forecast to 2027

Floating Solar Panels Market Research Report: Information By Product (Stationary floating solar panels, Tracking floating solar panels), Location (Onshore, Offshore) and Region - Global Forecast till 2027

ID: MRFR/E&P/5102-HCR | October 2018 | Region: Global | 100 pages

Floating Solar Panels Market Overview


The floating solar panels market size value is expected to reach USD 2201.8 million by 2027. During this period, the market is likely to register a CAGR of approximately 24.53 %.


Floating solar panels are commonly known as floatovoltaics. These solar power production installations are mounted on a structure that can float on a water body, such as a lake or an artificial basin. Floating solar technology has increased the attractiveness of the floating solar panels industry as it supports sustainability and efficiency. The demand for floating solar panels is rapidly increasing in recent times, especially in nations with massive water bodies and nations with a high probability of droughts.


A host of factors could come into play and influence the floating solar panels market growth, such as initiatives taken by several national governments to promote renewable energy practices and the rapid depletion of fossil fuels. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), around 60 % of electricity generation in the U.S. is from fossil fuels like natural gas, coal, petroleum, and other gases. The high consumption of varying non-renewable energy resources acts as a catalyst and increases the attractiveness of the floating solar panels market since it is nature-oriented.


A thorough evaluation of the floating solar panels market has been presented in the report. Several factors that have increased the attractiveness of the floating solar panels industry have been identified and explained in detail. The main market variables that could impact the industry during the forecasted period have been analyzed with the help of strategic and analytical tools. The chief business players that function in the market have been identified as increasing the competitive intensity and capturing a major portion of the floating solar panels market share. 


Covid 19 analysis


The Covid 19 pandemic has considerably impacted the performance of the floating solar panels market. The impact of the pandemic on the industry was mostly negative. This is because there was a slump in demand for floating solar panels. Due to the long period of lockdowns and strict social distancing norms, there was a temporary halt in the production of floating solar panels. However, as the strict lockdown restrictions have eased in most nations, the floating solar panels market is expected to recover in the future. 


Chief variables existing in the market



  • Key market drivers 


The adoption of renewable energy and the initiatives taken by governments of diverse nations are major drivers in the global floating solar panels market. As non-renewable energy sources are exhausting rapidly, the adoption of renewable energy solutions has increased. It has further attractiveness of the global floating solar panels market. The floating solar panels are highly superior to conventional panels as their maintenance costs are low, and they do not require land for installation purposes. These attributes also act as drivers that boost the floating solar panels market growth.



  • Market challenges


A number of challenges exist at the global floating solar panels industry level that affects the business players. One of the major challenges is the disruption in the value chain of floating solar panels due to the pandemic. The limited awareness of these sustainable energy solutions also acts as a major challenge and affects the growth of floating solar panels. During the forecasted period, these challenges could restrict the growth potential of the market.



  • Opportunities in the global market


There exist several opportunities in the global floating solar panels market that the market participants can exploit. Some of the main opportunities include launching new and sustainable products that can optimize the performance of floating solar panels and investment in research and development functions to create differentiated floating solar panel solutions.



  • Restraints


Some of the main restraints that companies in the global floating solar panels market encounter include poor access to financial capital to conduct R&D operations and limited know-how on evolving regulatory landscape. These elements could act as major bottlenecks and effectively affect organizations' functioning in the floating solar panels market.


Cumulative evaluation of the market


An in-depth insight into the global floating solar panels market has been presented in the report. The chief drivers and trends that could accelerate the market growth during the forecasted period have been identified, such as government initiatives and an increase in the adoption of sustainable and renewable energy approaches. The major floating solar panels market trends that have been highlighted in the report could have a major implication on the market performance during the forecasted period. 


Overview of the main market segments



  • By Product


Based on the product, the global floating solar panels market can be further divided into stationary floating solar panels and tracking floating solar panels. The stationary panels remain fixed in a specific region of the water body where they float and capture solar energy. In tracking floating solar panels, innovative technologies are adopted which ensure that the panels rotate based on the sun rays. The stationary floating solar panel segment is likely to dominate the market during the forecasted period due to its cost-effective nature. 



  • By Location


The global floating solar panels market can be segmented into onshore and offshore based on location. The onshore market segment has been driving the market performance in the past, and it is likely to continue delivering strong performance during the forecasted period. The main reasons for the enhanced performance of the onshore market segment include less possibility of damage due to strong water currents and high tides and low construction and maintenance costs. 


Regional analysis


Based on geographical region, the global floating solar panels market can be categorized into various segments such as North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific, and the rest of the world. As non-renewable energy sources are depleting like never before, the attractiveness of varying regional segments has increased considerably. The proactive role by various national governments could act as a major driver that could influence the performance of the market segments during the forecasted period. The Asia Pacific market division is likely to dominate the global market landscape based on the in-depth market forecast. The main reason for the solid performance of the region is the introduction of numerous initiatives by governments that promote the use of solar panels. In addition to this, the prevalence of stringent environmental legislation and regulations and the rise in demand for low-cost energy also play an important role in boosting the geographical segment's performance. 


Competitive intensity in the industry


A diverse range of business organizations exist in the global floating solar panels market domain and increase the competitive intensity. Some of the major market players that have significantly influenced the global floating solar panels market size have been presented below:



  • Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd

  • GETS

  • SPG Solar

  • Ciel and Terre

  • Solaris Synergy

  • Trina Solar Limited

  • Sharp Corporation

  • Kyocera Corporation

  • Japan Mega Solar Power Co.


The attractiveness of the global floating solar panels market landscape has increased considerably in recent times. One of the main reasons is the rise in depletion of non-renewable energy sources such as fossil fuels. Several business players have entered the business domain to leverage the opportunities in the promising market, intensifying the competition. The businesses have been working on new strategies to expand their floating solar panels market share.


Recent market developments



  • Businesses operating in the global floating solar panels market have been integrating the latest digital technologies to exploit solar skin technology, a novel PV technology.

  • Recently, Ciel and Terre, a major business in the floating solar panels market, successfully finished the plant engineering, float supply, mooring, and anchoring and supervised a 5.4 MWp floating solar plant at Sagardighi Thermal Plant, West Bengal.



  • July 19, 2018 – Jan De Nul Group (Luxembourg), a leading global construction engineering company for maritime infrastructure, announced its partnership with a group of Belgian companies for the development and construction of the first offshore photovoltaic (Floating Solar Panels) project in the North Sea. The Belgian consortium includes engineering services provider Tractebel, a subsidiary of French energy giant Engie, DEME NV, a dredging and hydraulic engineering company, Soltech NV, a solar manufacturer, and Ghent University.


  • The project worth €2 MN PV array is to be located near aquaculture and an offshore wind power facility.  The floating structures will be designed in a cost-competitive manner and marine-suitable PV panels that can withstand harsh offshore conditions.


Report Overview


The detailed global floating solar panels industry report gives a glimpse into its growth potential during the forecasted period. A wide range of factors has been identified and elaborated that can potentially impact the floating solar panels market size in the future. Some of the prevailing floating solar panels market trends that have been examined include the shift towards sustainable energy practices and the introduction of new initiatives by governments to promote environmentally friendly and sustainable energy practices. A diverse range of strategic tools has been used in the report, such as the SWOT analysis framework and Porter's Five Force analytical model to evaluate the market variables and competitive intensity.


Key Industrial segments


By Product



  • Stationary floating solar panels

  • Tracking floating solar panels


By Location



  • Onshore

  • Offshore



Report Scope:
Report Attribute/Metric Details
  Market Size   2027: USD 2,201.8 Million
  CAGR   2027:24.53% CAGR
  Base Year   2019
  Forecast Period   2020-2027
  Historical Data   2018
  Forecast Units   Value (USD Million)
  Report Coverage   Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
  Segments Covered   Product, Location
  Geographies Covered   North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World (RoW)
  Key Vendors   GEITS, Wuxi Suntech Power Co., Ltd., Yingli Solar, SPG Solar, Ciel & Terre, Kyocera Corporation, Japan Mega Solar Power Co., Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd., Solaris Synergy, Trina Solar Limited, and Sharp Corporation
  Key Market Opportunities   New product launches and R&D Amongst major key Players
  Key Market Drivers

  • Adoption of renewable energy
  • Conventional panels
  • Initiatives undertaken by the governments


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    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :


    The adoption of renewable energy practices and diverse government initiatives are the main drivers that boost global floating solar panels market performance.

    Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd, GEITS, and SPG Solar are some of the key market players that would play an influential role in increasing the floating solar panels market growth in the future.

    Some of the main opportunities that the market participants in the future could exploit include the launching of new and sustainable products and improved research and development (R&D) activities.