The NTPC Ltd in the second week of March 2017 installed India’s largest floating solar photo voltaic plant.
This was at the Rajiv Gandhi Combined Cycle Power Plant (RGCCPP) Kayamkulam in Kerala.
The 100 kWp floating solar photo voltaic plant is the largest of its kind in India as on date.
This floating platform has been indigenously developed by the NETRA (NTPC Energy Technology Research Alliance) in partnership with Central Institute of Plastic Engineering & Technology (CIPET), Chennai.
The system was installed by Swelect Energy Systems Ltd, Chennai with the help from NETRA and NTPC Kayamkulam station in a short span of 22 days.
Floating solar photo voltaic plant systems are fast emerging as an alternative to conventional ground mounted photo voltaic systems, which are land intensive.
These have various benefits like conserving water through the reduction of evaporation, increased generation due to cooling effect on the panels and reduced installation time.
Installation potential of such type of systems in India is huge due to the abundance of water bodies.
The potential is approximately 800 MWp in various reservoirs in existing stations.
Due to availability of abundant water bodies, this type of system has a great potential in RGCCPP, Kerala. NTPC: Know More
- NTPC is India’s largest energy conglomerate with origins planted way back in 1975.
- It aims to accelerate power development in India.
- Since then, it has established itself as the dominant power major with the presence in the entire value chain of the power generation business.
- From fossil fuels, it has forayed into generating electricity via hydro, nuclear and renewable energy sources.
- This foray will play a major role in lowering its carbon footprint by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.