A South Korean solar developer revealed last week plans to build the world’s largest rotating solar park at a reservoir in the country.
Solkiss, which specializes in the development of floating solar arrays, has revealed details of its proposed 2.67 MW PV project at the Deoku Reservoir. The installation will not only float atop the water but will also follow the sun’s movement throughout the day.
Solkiss has established technology for rotating solar power stations on water, whereby the floating devices that the PV modules are attached to are powered by engines designed to move to track the sun.
The developer claims that this technology helps to deliver 22% extra solar energy yield compared to a fixed installation on land, and a 16% increase in yield compared to typical floating solar arrays.
Two additional rotating solar plant are also planned for the Myeoku Reservoir. Combined, the two installations will add 3 MW of solar PV capacity to Solkiss’ floating solar portfolio. Solkiss plans to finish all three installations by the end of November, with construction having begun last week at the Myeoku Reservoir.
Solkiss’ first foray into floating solar development was in 2014 when the developer installed a 465 kW array at a reservoir in Anseong, south of Seoul, using its patented rotating motors.
The developer hopes to continues installing rotating solar plants at viable reservoir sites across South Korea as the nation continues to shift away from nuclear- and coal-fired generation towards renewable energy.