Brazil launches first stage of 10 MW floating PV system

Share

The Brazilian government has flicked the switch of the first floating solar power system at Balbina HPP, marking the start of the research and development project targeting up to 10 MW, the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) announced on Friday.

The project is aiming to evaluate the performance of floating solar arrays installed in the lake of hydroelectric power plants in areas with different climatic regimes. As expected, the energy generated by the panels can supplement the hydroelectric power plants, taking advantage of the transmission structure already installed.

The Brazilian project includes two floating PV installations at Balbina and Sobradinho HPP. According to the MME announcement, the second pilot plant will be switched on later this week. Both arrays are planned to deliver 1 MW each at the first stage of the project. If the systems are proven successful by October 2017, a further 4 MW will be added in each unit. The study project will continue until January 2019.

The investment for both installations is estimated at 100 million Brazilian reals (US$27 million). The project is to be carried out by the Brazilian power utilities Eletronorte and Chef. Sunlution and WEG, as well as several foundations and universities will also participate.

There are several floating solar plants in the world to date. Among the largest projects is a 13.7 MW installation at Yamakura Dam reservoir in Japan’s Chiba Prefecture constructed by Kyocera TCL Solar LLC.

About a year ago the Brazilian government announced its plans to install 350 MW floating solar array at hydro dam in Amazon.

Floating PV presents a particular advantage in Brazil, as the modules and floating mounting structures could help to reduce evaporation from already challenged water reservoirs and bolster electricity supply in times of drought.

Read more on the website of pv magazine Latinoamerica (in Spanish).

Popular content

Share

Related content

Elsewhere on pv magazine...

1 comment

Leave a Reply

Please be mindful of our community standards.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

By submitting this form you agree to pv magazine using your data for the purposes of publishing your comment.

Your personal data will only be disclosed or otherwise transmitted to third parties for the purposes of spam filtering or if this is necessary for technical maintenance of the website. Any other transfer to third parties will not take place unless this is justified on the basis of applicable data protection regulations or if pv magazine is legally obliged to do so.

You may revoke this consent at any time with effect for the future, in which case your personal data will be deleted immediately. Otherwise, your data will be deleted if pv magazine has processed your request or the purpose of data storage is fulfilled.

Further information on data privacy can be found in our Data Protection Policy.