Floating Solar PV Plant Installed in Kerala
NTPC has started power generation from India’s largest floating solar power plant at Kayamkulam in Kerala. The 100 kWp floating solar generation plant, largest of its kind in India, was indigenously developed as a part of the ‘Make In India’ initiative, at Rajiv Gandhi Combined Cycle Power Plant (RGCCPP) in Kerala’s Kayamkulam district. Solar panels mounted on floating boards that hold them in place saves land usage and has been found to be efficient than the ones installed on land. These floating platforms were indigenously developed by NTPC Energy Technology Research Alliance, the R&D arm of NTPC Ltd, in collaboration with the Central Institute of Plastic Engineering & Technology (CIPET), Chennai.
The system was installed by Swelect Energy Systems Ltd, Chennai with support from NETRA and NTPC Kayamkulam station in a short span of 22 days. “Such systems are fast emerging as an alternative to conventional ground mounted photovoltaic systems which are land intensive. It has various benefits, such as conserving water through reduction of evaporation, increased generation due to cooling effect on the panels and requires lesser installation time than conventional land mounted ones,” NTPC said in a statement.