NTPC installs India’s largest Floating Solar PV Plant
Question: What is the capacity of the floating Solar Photo Voltaic plant installed at Rajiv Gandhi Combined Cycle Power Plant Kayamkulam, Kerala?
(a) 50 KWp
(b) 75 KWp
(c) 100 KWp
(d) 25 KWp
- On 10th March, 2017, A 100 kWp Floating Solar Photo Voltaic plant was inaugurated at Rajiv Gandhi Combined Cycle Power Plant (RGCCPP) Kayamkulam, Kerala.
- This is the largest of its kind in India as on date and has been indigenously developed as a part of ‘Make In India’ initiative.
- This floating platform has been developed by NETRA (NTPC Energy Technology Research Alliance), the R&D arm of NTPC Ltd, in collaboration with Central Institute of Plastic Engineering & Technology (CIPET), Chennai and patent has been applied.
- The system was installed by Swelect Energy Systems Ltd, Chennai with support from NETRA & NTPC Kayamkulam station in a short span of 22 days.
- It has various benefits like conserving water through reduction of evaporation, increased generation due to cooling effect on the panels, reduced installation time etc and could be installed on saline water environment.
- Installation potential of such type of systems in India is huge because of abundance of water bodies, within NTPC, the potential is approx. 800 MWp in various reservoirs in existing stations.
- Particularly in Kerala, due to availability of water bodies and lack of presence of enough land, this type of system has a great potential.