France-based floating PV specialist Ciel & Terre is expecting to launch a floating solar equipment manufacturing facility in Thailand next March and is in the final stages of approving a Vietnam facility.
The technical feasibility of floating solar PV and its long-term durability have often been questioned, but this year’s commissioning of a giant project on a lake in eastern China has launched the technology into the global spotlight.
Singapore’s National Water Agency part of the utilities agency PUB has announced plans to tender for 2 floating photovoltaics (FPV) power plants for a total of 56.7MW after initial tests proved a number of benefits.
Ciel & Terre Brasil, a subsidiary of French floating PV specialist Ciel & Terre, has completed Brazil’s first floating solar project, standing at 304kW capacity on a rainwater accumulation pond at Fazenda Figueiredo, Cristalina, in the state of Goias.
The first floating solar (FPV) power plant in Turkey was officially operational on August 4, 2017 as part of a testing phase that could lead to a significant number of systems installed by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality on reservoirs, lakes and dams.
The pioneer of floating solar power plants, French company Ciel & Terre (C&T) International has collaborated with Portuguese energy firm EDP (Energias de Portugal) Group to design and build the first floating solar project at an existing hydro-electric power station at a dam located at the mouth of Rabagão river in Montalegre, Portugal.
‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member Hanwha Q CELLS has signed an MOU with Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) to build an 80MW rotating floating solar project on a reservoir in South Korea, which would be the largest of its type in the world.
A Dutch consortium of government agencies, R&D facilities and solar companies have launched two of four pilot floating solar projects on the Slufter on the Maasvlakte, a water region used for contaminated harbour dredging sludge.