Thailand near finishing huge floating solar farm

Apr 20, 2021 05:01 PM ET
  • Thailand is close to finishing one the world's greatest hydro-floating solar hybrid projects externally of a dam, part of actions in the direction of enhancing renewable energy production after years of criticism for reliance on nonrenewable fuel sources.

Over 144,000 devices of photovoltaic panels are being installed on a storage tank in the northeast province of Ubon Ratchathani, where workers are completing the last of 7 solar farms covering 121 hectares of water area.

Authorities are intending to complete the project in June.

The state-run Electricity Generation Authority of Thailand claims the pilot project is one of the globe's biggest hybrid hydro-solar power endeavors. It intends to duplicate it at 8 even more dams over the next 16 years.

Thailand has actually long relied upon coal for its power, but plans for new coal-fired projects have actually been met opposition over health and also environmental risks, including 2 recommended southern coal plants shelved in 2018.

The nation is intending to attract 35% of its power from non-fossil gas sources by 2037, according to its most current Power Development Plan.

Given That November, EGAT has actually been creating floating solar systems at the Sirindhorn dam, one of the country's biggest hydropower dams, which it says need to have capacity to create 45 megawatts of power.

An Energy Management System will be utilized to change in between solar and also hydropower, depending on which has more toughness to produce electricity, a crossbreed system project principal Chanin Saleechan stated enables continuous power generation.

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