Renewable Energy: China Introduces World’s Largest Floating Solar Farm


China has launched the world’s largest floating solar farm. Already the clean energy apparatus has been connected to the grid and is now operational.

The Chinese government has battled with a threatening rate of carbon emissions.

Last year the China launched a similar 20MW floating facility in the same area.

China has also established the Longyangxia Dam Solar Park, a massive 10-square-mile, land-based facility which is equally considered the largest solar power plant in the world.

Of all options the floating solar seems to be the one with most potentials.

The world’s largest floating photovoltaic (PV) and  40-megawatt facility was created by PV Inverter manufacturer Sungrow Power Supply Co. It is located in the city of Huainan in the Anhui province. The grid was constructed over a flooded former coal-mining region.

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Some advantages of patronizing the floating solar farm include:

  • Reduction of carbon emissions
  • It helps reduce water evaporation
  • Frees up land spaces for populated areas. China has one of the world’s largest population. So this is beneficial to them.
  • By virtue of being on water, the the cool air reduces the effects of long-term exposure to warmer temperatures (solar cell performance atrophy).

Renewable energy cuts the initial expensive cost of power. China has plans to increase its use of non-fissile fuel energy sources by 20%.

By 2020, they hope to reduce prices offered to PV developers as solar power plants will be projected against the use of coal for power production.

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Coincidentally another floating solar farm is being constructed in South Australia. This is expected to produce 330 megawatts when completed. Placing it side by side with China’s current 40 megawatts, the Huainan solar farm is producing a relatively low power.

India as well is working on what may be be the world’s biggest solar plant which will cover a 10 square kilometre space; and expected to produce about 648 megawatts.

Huanian has about 2 million population. It is estimated that the current world’s largest floating solar farm in China will power about 16, 000 homes.

Evidently there is still need for advancement of a wider coverage for the Chinese people.

In any case, China is commended for taking the big and bold step in toning down carbon emissions in the country. Many countries of the world in reaction to climate change are embracing policies that will promote the use of renewable energy.

Regardless of the shortcomings of the facility, China till further notice is home to the world’s largest floating solar farm.

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