Have you ever seen a solar panel float? Probably not yet. But that’s one of the ways solar tech is advancing, as companies hoping to collect the sun’s rays find ever more esoteric places for photovoltaic (PV) panels.

Computerworld Senior Reporter Lucas Mearian has the latest on “floating solar,” as the emerging energy tech is called. Why floating?

With space limited in some parts of the world — and real estate getting pricey — companies are looking to install PV panels on lakes, canals, bays and perhaps some day even out on the ocean. (Cue the Jaws theme music and/or an image of Namu the killer whale breaching in just the wrong place.)

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