Ciel & Terre says the 70 MW floating solar power plant in China (in the picture) is the company’s biggest globally. The floats were manufactured locally. (Photo Credit: Ciel & Terre/LinkedIn)
- A 70 MW floating solar power station has been officially commissioned in China’s Anhui province by state backed renewable energy developer CECEP
- The EPC company China Energy Engineering Group Shanxi Electric Power Design Institute Co., Ltd., procured Hydrelio platform from France’s Ciel & Terre for the project
- Connected to the national grid, the plant made of 13 islets will send power through a brand new 18-kilometer-long 110 V overhead line
- During first year of operations, the plant is likely to generate up to 77,693 MWh of clean energy annually, and over its life of 25 years, the expected output is around 1.94 million MWh
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China’s Anhui province has become host of what France’s Ciel & Terre calls the world’s largest floating PV power station – with 70 MW capacity. The project is located in an environment that was previously a coal mining and flood area. It is developed by Chinese state backed renewable energy developer CECEP and China Energy Engineering Group Shanxi Electric Power Design Institute Co., Ltd as EPC services provider.
It is also the biggest floating solar power plant supplied by Ciel & Terre anywhere globally. The French company provided its Hydrelio system; the floats are locally manufactured to minimize carbon footprint, optimize transport costs and promote local employment.
The floating PV project in Zhuxianzhuang, Yongqiao district in Suzhou covers an area of 140 hectares. It is connected to the national grid made possible with a brand new 18 km long 110 V overhead line.
Completed in late 2018, the project was officially accepted in March 2019 following tests and monitoring. During the first year of its operations, the plant is expected to generate up to 77.69 GWh of clean energy.
This is Ciel & Terre’s second floating PV project in Anhui province; the first was a 32 MW GCL floating plant.
Earlier in March, Thailand’s Electricity Generating Authority revealed its plans to procure 2.7 GW of floating solar power capacity through competitive auctioning. Among the 16 projects planned, the largest project will have 325 MW capacity and will come online by 2035 (see Thailand Plans World’s Largest Floating PV Capacity).