So­lar pan­els a bright spot for Sin­ga­pore’s reser­voirs

Singapore Business Review - - FIRST -

When Sin­ga­pore un­veiled the lat­est ex­per­i­ment in re­new­able en­ergy, it was a row of so­lar pan­els float­ing in a ma­jor reser­voir. The world’s largest float­ing so­lar panel test­bed lo­cated at Tengeh Reser­voir will pro­duce 1 megawatt (MW) of en­ergy – enough to power 250 four-room ba­sic flats for a year.

The Sin­ga­pore float­ing test­bed is the largest glob­ally in terms of power pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity and the num­ber of sys­tems be­ing tested – which, in a way, sym­bol­ises Asia’s un­sink­able tenac­ity to try out promis­ing re­new­able en­ergy in­no­va­tions.

“Float­ing pho­to­voltaic sys­tems, those in­stalled over our wa­ter bod­ies, not only help to over­come land con­straints, but also have the po­ten­tial to re­duce evap­o­ra­tive losses from our reser­voirs,” says Masa­gos Zulk­i­fli, Sin­ga­pore’s En­vi­ron­ment and Wa­ter Re­sources Min­is­ter.

In­stalling so­lar pan­els over wa­ter can im­prove their ef­fi­ciency due to the ben­e­fi­cial cool­ing ef­fect and sub­se­quent in­crease in en­ergy yield as op­posed to so­lar pan­els that be­come too hot. Should the pi­lot

Wider de­ploy­ment of float­ing so­lar PV sys­tems are in the works

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