This installation of three shallow solar ponds (SSP) at Foster Alligator farms illustrates the wide range of commercial, industrial, and agricultural uses for solar water heating technology. The SSP system provides a large volume of hot water at a low cost that is used for cleaning and replenishing pools every morning to keep the alligators healthy.
Each pond at Foster Alligator Farms consists of six black, rubber, double-glazed containers filled with water that is heated directly throughout the day. Each container holds 5,000 gallons of water, and is capable of heating to more than 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
To ensure the right pressure, the water travels through a pressurizing pump as it is pumped out. A shallow solar pond can be used for any application that requires large amounts of hot water, and helps avoid some of the costs associated with more conventional systems.