HYDERABAD, 2 JULY 2022
THE FUTURE OF WORLD’S SUSTAINABLE ENERGY
Nation’s power behemoth National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has successfully commissioned the country’s largest floating solar power project in the government sector with an installed capacity of 100 MW at Ramagundam water reservoir in the state of Telengana.
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has bagged the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract of the project earlier.
The cost of the project is Rs. 423 crores and has 4.48 lakh photovoltaic panels which are floating over the 500 acre vast water body in the Ramagundam Power Plant of NTPC.
It is divided into 40 platforms of 2.5 MW each with each block consisting of one floating platform.
NTPC official sources said that the uniqueness of this project is that all the electrical equipment like inverter, transformer, HT panel and SCADA are on floating ferro cement platforms.
According to Naresh Anand, executive director ( Southern Region) of NTPC, with this fresh addition the present commercially operational floating solar power capacities in the southern region is about 217
The NTPC has already commenced commercial operation of 92 MW capacity floating solar Project at the waterbody of its Rajiv Gandhi Combined Cycle Power Project (RGCCPP) at Kayamkulam in the state of Kerala and another 25 MW Floating Solar on the reservoir of its Simhadri thermal station in Visakhapatnam in the state of Andhra Pradesh last year.
This effort of indigenously built floating solar project by BHEL is an effort of central government’s constant pursuit of the AtmaNirbhar Bharat Abhiyan and a major step towards India’s constant pursuit of self reliance in the floating solar power technology sector, expert opined.
The benefits and the positive impacts of installing such floating solar power panels upon abandoned large water reservoirs are manyfold.
Setting up of coal fired thermal power plants and hydroelectric power plants requires displacements of dwellers who have been living on the area since long time and destruction of the local fauna and the flora.
But in floating solar power projects the impact of the environment is nil and no local dwellers are affected as it requires no land acquisitions.
Due to the presence of floating solar panels, the evaporation rates from the water bodies are vastly reduced mainly during the perched summer months, thus helping in long term water conservation.
As per NTPC, about 32.5 lakh cubic metres per year of water evaporation will be stopped. To produce similar capacity of power from fossil fuel fired thermal power plants about 1,65,000 tonnes of coal
would have been required per annum and subsequent carbon dioxide emission of two lakhs ten thousand tonnes every year have been avoided.
PRIVATE SECTOR ALSO GEARS UP
Tata Power Solar Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Power, has recently commissioned India’s largest floating solar power project in Kayamkulam, in the state of Kerala.
Set upon the 350-acre vast backwater in the God’s Own Country it has an installed capacity of 101.6 MW at peak periods.
Tata Power Solar has successfully built a scaffolding platform on the 350 acre water body at Kayamkulam to make the entire solar plant float on water.
WORLD’S LARGEST FLOATING SOLAR PROJECT
The Madhya Pradesh government has announced to set up the world’s largest floating solar power project upon Omkareshwar Dam in Narmada River of about 600 MW.
The current world’s largest operational floating solar power project is about 320 MW at China.
The Beijing-headquartered electric power company Huaneng Power International (HPI) has commissioned the present world’s largest floating solar power project in Dezhou, which is in Shandong, an eastern Chinese province on the Yellow Sea.