08/13/2022

Solar panels in dam

When we think of Solar plants, we often imagine panels that are mounted on the ground utilizing a huge chunk of land. Let’s fast forward a few years into the future. The increasing population has to opt for more and more land for survival. We are going to fall short of land. From energy to food production, from agriculture to consumer we need land. But sadly we won’t have much left. Now, this is a big problem. And we need to find solutions to it.

Floating solar power plant

India has taken the leap in solving this problem and providing a sustainable solution. Ramagundam in Telangana, India has Installed the largest Floating solar power plant in the world. It has a whopping capacity of 100 MW. It is commissioned by National Thermal Power Corporation [NTPC]. And the installation is done by Ciel and Terra.

Some more important facts about Floating solar power plant.

  • It is located in Thoothukudi lake in Tamil Nadu.
  • The lake has a total area coverage of 15.5 hectares and a depth of 20 meters.
  • The solar panels cover around 1.3 hectares of water area i.e. 8.4% of total lake coverage.

Advantages of floating solar power plants.

  1. Cost- Floating solar power plant can offer a very competitive price to conventional plants. As here only floating surfaces are used to mount the panels.
  2. The cost of land is drastically reduced as it is placed on water.
  3. As these panels are on the water the evaporation rate of these lakes and water bodies reduces. Saving the water for more usage for a long time.
  4. It is easy to monitor these panels.
  5. Cleaning is very easy, as it is on the water so no extra types of equipment or robotics needed.
  6. Easy to assemble, fast to construct, no land disputes.
  7. The most important one is, it helps increase the efficiency of panels as in hot environmental conditions systematic cooldown happens due to the water.

The future of everything will only be viable if we produce more using less. I know this seems bizarre now, but trust me we are heading there. And our consumption rates are just proving me right over and over again. Especially in developing countries like India, where the population is growing at a very high pace and the resources are scarce. This is one small successful attempt towards a sustainable future. And we need plenty of it.

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