Singapore has officially unveiled one of the largest floating solar power plants in the world, with an area of 45 football fields, which will produce enough electricity to power five water treatment plants on the island.
The project is part of the city-state’s efforts in Southeast Asia, with scarce land, to quadruple electricity production from solar energy by 2025 to help fight climate change, Reuters reported.
The 60-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) farm, located on an artificial lake in western Singapore, was built by a subsidiary owned by Sembcorp Industries.
It is estimated that the solar farm could help reduce carbon emissions by about 32 kilotons a year, which corresponds to the carbon emissions from 7,000 cars, according to a joint statement from the company and Singapore’s National Water Agency PUB.
Unlike conventional solar roof panels, floating ones have a better performance of between five and 15 percent because of the water that cools them and because they are not obscured by buildings, it was said at the project presentation.
To allay concerns about the environmental impact of such projects, the PUB noted that an analysis was conducted prior to the installation of the solar panels to ensure that there was no significant impact on aquatic flora and fauna or water quality.
– The solar farm has been carefully designed to improve the flow of air and allow the judge’s light to penetrate through the water so that it reaches the underwater flora and fauna – said the regional head of the company Sembcorp.
Solar panels are made to last 25 years, and drones will be used to help maintain them.
Four more floating solar farm projects are underway in Singapore.
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