Solar panels a bright spot for Singapore’s reservoirs
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