The day is not far when India is going to harness power from its largest Floating Solar Plant as the construction work has been successfully completed. The construction is done on Banasura Sagar reservoir in Wayanad.
Solar plant of KSEB has solar panels floating on 6,000 square feet of surface of the reservoir and is able to generate 500 kWp (kilowatt peak) of energy. The project has a budget of 9.25 Crore Indian Rupees.
All the solar panels have been installed on 18 floating platforms which are made of Ferro-cement floaters and hollow from inside.
Manmohan P., assistant executive engineer at KSEB research and dam safety sub-division, Thariyode told that the installation of floating solar panels has been done and they are preparing the dam for the inauguration as soon as possible.
He added that this project will be the largest floating solar project in the country with an output of 500 kWp. The project was initiated in March, 2016.
Sources from KSEB said that they are waiting for the Chief Minister to be available for inauguration the next month. Most probably!
Adtech Systems Ltd, based in Thiruvananthapuram, is the company behind setting up the plant. Officials from same have said that the plant would be capable of generating around 7.5 lakhs unit of power annually. The generated energy will be send to KSEB using cables under the water surface. The solar panels used are highly efficient in respect to the terms of KSEB. The output will be converted to 11kV in the floating substation on the reservoir, the economic and safety facets are also taken care of as said by Raveendran T Nair, vice-president of projects at Adtech Systems Ltd.
He added that the solar panels are more efficient than ground based solar panels due to the cooling caused by Water bodies. Moreover, floating panels accumulate lesser amount of dust.
There was a 10kW floating solar project commissioned in Banasura Sagar reservoir in January 2016. The new project is the scaled up version of the same project at a different location.