Singapore Testing Floating Solar Panels

November 23, 2015 By Carl Weinschenk

water-energy-manageSingapore’s Public Utilities Board (PUB) has embarked on a nine-month study to test the potential to use reservoirs to generate solar energy. Ten reservoirs will participate.

Channel NewsAsia quotes PUB to the effect that the open spaces of reservoirs appear to offer potential for solar energy collection. The goal of the study, the story says, is to assess the installation and yield of solar panels deployed in such facilities.

The Choa Chu Kang Waterworks earlier this year deployed 3,333 panels and is using them to generate about 7 percent of the plant’s daily energy needs. Floating solar panels also are being test by PUB and the Solar Energy Research Institute at the Tengeh Reservoir.

A study by P&S Market Research found that the floating solar panel industry was valued at $3.89 million in 2014 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 116.1 percent between this year and 2020. Growth factors include accelerated governmental initiatives, the ability to employ the technology without using large land areas and increased efficiency, the release says.

3 comments on “Singapore Testing Floating Solar Panels

  1. Floating Solar Plant’s wonderful idea. And it’s very important to maintain effectively same direction and position on the water for floating solar plants. Because directional change of solar panels reduces electricity production. So floating solar plants also need the directional control mooring systems for their parked positions. Azimuth and position change of floating solar plants caused by wind, waves and external forces. Restoring Force Strengthened Mooring System for floating solar plants has been created by I N I WORLD in South Korea. This Mooring System generates Restoring Force immediately when floating solar plants are being rotated or moved on the water.

    In addition, you have to reduce vibration to install floating solar plants. Because, it can make micro-cracks to floating solar panels and the durability problem of floating solar plants. The risk of power loss in PV modules due to micro cracks is increasing. Vibrations caused by wind, waves and external forces. New Type Floating Body Stabilizer has been created in South Korea. The Floating Body Stabilizers generate drag force immediately when floating solar plants are being rolled, pitched and yawed on the water. You can see them in Ochang Dam natural reservoir, South Korea. I N I WORLD

  2. With a growth rate of 116% per year, within 10 years there would be a bit surprised every reservoir in both developed and developing nations had floating solar panels. They also help reduce evaporation although they do reduce the temperature of solar panels making them somewhat less efficient.

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