Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Thailand's Massive Hydro-Floating Solar Farm

A Floating Solar Farm that’s equivalent to about 70 Soccer Fields in size, has begun Generating Power in Thailand, reflecting the Country’s Push to achieve Carbon Neutral Status by 2050.

The Sirindhorn Dam, a Hydro-Floating Solar Hybrid Project uses 145,000 Solar Panels covering 72 hectares of Water Surface.

The Facility in Sirindhorn Reservoir, about 660 kilometers or 410 miles, East of the Capital City Bangkok, is the World’s Largest Hydro-Floating Solar Hybrid System, which combines Two Methods of Electricity Generation, according to State-run Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand.

While the Solar Panels harness Power from the Sun during the day, Three Turbines convert Energy from Flowing Water at Night.

The $34 Million Solar Farm, which joined the Grid on Oct. 31st, is the First of 16 Projects planned in Key Thai Reservoirs, with a combined capacity of 2.7 gigawatts.

It’s part of the Country’s Push for more Renewable Energy Sources to Reduce its Reliance on Natural Gas, which is currently the Biggest Source for Electricity Generation.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha, pledged earlier this month, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, setting a Goal to Reduce All Greenhouse-Gas Emissions to Net Zero by 2065.

Natural Gas accounted for nearly Two-Thirds of Thailand’s Power Generation last year, while Wind, Solar, and Hydropower, Combined for Less than 10%.

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