Keppel, Ocean Sun to pilot membrane-based floating PV project in Singapore

Jul 20, 2022 11:38 AM ET
  • Keppel Energy Nexus has actually landed a contract to pilot a membrane-based nearshore floating solar PV (FPV) system at Jurong Island, Singapore making use of FPV firm Ocean Sun's technology.
Keppel, Ocean Sun to pilot membrane-based floating PV project in Singapore
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The membrane-based FPV system uses Ocean Sun's technology to develop a FPV system in stronger waves and rougher sea problems in a nearshore aquatic setting, as opposed to the much more typical FPV systems located on calmer water bodies such as reservoirs.

The 1.5 MW pilot project will includes 3 circular platforms released in the seawater surrounding Jurong island and is anticipated to be ready in Q4 2023.

The round strengthened membranes for the PV panels make sure the most affordable product usage of any floating PV system, allowing a reduced levelised cost of energy (LCOE) in addition to resource preservation, Keppel said, adding that the system is simple to deploy as well as mount and also functions boosted efficiency from straight water cooling.

The business stated it will certainly act as a version for future scaling and duplication in nearshore waterbodies in Singapore along with abroad.

"With the limited room Singapore has for photovoltaic panel release, the robust as well as cutting-edge system can be conveniently scaled up and also substantially enhance the supply of floating solar energy in Singapore to past simply the implementation in storage tanks," claimed Janice Bong, executive supervisor of Power as well as Renewables at Keppel Infrastructure.

Wholly possessed subsidiary of Keppel Infrastructure, itself a subsidiary of corporation Keppel Corporation, Keppel Energy Nexus was awarded a give by Singapore's Energy Market Authority (EMA) and also JTC to create the project.

The award belongs to EMA and JTC's Jurong Island Renewable Energy Request for Proposals to increase the implementation on clean energy technologies on the island. Projects will be moneyed by a S$ 6 million (US$ 4.3 million) joint dedication by EMA and JTC, with assistance from Enterprise Singapore.

With an electrical energy mix presently dominated by fossil fuels as well as restricted land schedule for ground-mounted projects, Singapore is counting on FPV to increase its renewables capability as it aims for 2GW of released solar by 2030.



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