First Floating Solar Power Station in India
From PV Magazine
By Shamsiah Ali-Oettinger
A demonstration project involving the installation of a floating solar power station is currently under development by a team led by SP Gon Choudhury, Director at Development Consultants Private Limited (DCL Group) and Vice Chairman at Calcutta Institute of Technology. The prototype involves solar panels and other components that are fitted onto a platform with hollow plastic or tin drums that enable it to float on water. The prototype is said to be able to generate 10 kW of power and will occupy 100 square meters. The project is expected to be commissioned by 2014.
The project is scheduled to be installed in a pond in Victoria Memorial in the city of Kolkata in India. According to the local media “The Hindustan Times”, Choudary stated, “Studies have also shown that if the rear surface of solar panels are kept cooler, then their ability to generate power goes up by 16%. As these solar panels would be floating on water, they are expected to stay cool and hence we can generate more power than those set up on land”.
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