India’s largest floating solar PV plant installed in Kerala by NTPC

India’s largest floating solar PV plant installed in Kerala by NTPC

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On Friday, India’s largest floating solar photovoltaic (PV) plant has been installed at Rajiv Gandhi Combined Cycle Power Plant (RGCCPP) at Kayamkulam in Kerala according to the State-run NTPC.

In a release, the company has said, “A 100 kWp (kilowatt peak) floating solar PV plant, the largest of its kind in India as on date, indigenously developed as a part of ‘Make In India’ initiative, was inaugurated by A K Jha, Director (Technical) NTPC in presence of V B Fadnavis, RED (SR), R K Srivastava, ED (NETRA) and other senior officials of NTPC and other agencies, at RGCCPP Kayamkulam, Kerala.”

NETRA (NTPC Energy Technology Research Alliance), the R&D arm of NTPC, in collaboration with Central Institute of Plastic Engineering & Technology (CIPET), Chennai has developed this floating platform and patent has also been applied to it, according to the statement.

Swelect Energy Systems Ltd, Chennai with support from NETRA and NTPC Kayamkulam station in a short span of 22 days installed the system.

It said, as an alternative to conventional ground mounted PV systems which are land intensive such systems are fast emerging.

It has many benefits which include conserving water through reduction of evaporation, increased generation due to cooling effect on the panels, reduced installation time etc and could be installed on saline water environment.

In India such type of systems has a great installation potential because of abundance of water bodies, within NTPC, the potential is about 800 MWp in various reservoirs in existing stations. This type of system has a huge potential particularly in Kerala, due to availability of water bodies and lack of presence of enough land, it said.

It added, Work has already started by NTPC on scaling up such type of system for MW scale installation.

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