Worlds largest rotating solar plant to be built in South Korea

July 10, 2017 by  
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South Korea is known for its workaholic culture and for hosting an enormous LEGO tower . But soon, the country may be known for something even more impressive: installing the largest rotating solar plant in the world. Solkiss, a South Korean solar developer, has plans to install a proposed 2.67 MW PV project at the Deoku Reservoir. Not only will the plant float on top of the water, it will follow the sun’s movement throughout the day. Solkiss’ technology enables solar power stations to float on water and rotate in unison with the sun’s movements. According to the developer, the technology delivers 22 percent extra solar energy yield compared to a fixed installation on land, as well as a 16 percent increase in yield compared to a typical floating solar array. The installation on Deoku Reservoir isn’t the only floating solar array Solkiss has planned. Two additional solar plants are planned for the Myeoku Reservoir. All three installations are expected to be completed by the end of November. When combined, they will add 3MW of solar PV capacity to the solar developer’s portfolio. Related: World’s cutest solar farm in China is shaped like a panda The company has made great progress since its first floating solar development , which was installed in 2014 at a reservoir in Anseong, south of Seoul. Using its patented rotating motors, Solkiss was able to generate 465 kW from the array. To help South Korea shift away from “dirty energy” sources, such as nuclear and coal , Solkiss will be installing more rotating solar plants at viable reservoir sites across the country. + Solkiss Via PV Magazine Images via YouTube screenshot , Solkiss , Pixabay

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$11 million floating solar testbed in Singapore will be the largest in the world

October 26, 2016 by  
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Could floating solar offer a viable renewable energy option for island countries? Singapore authorities are testing out 10 solar panel systems on what will be the largest floating solar testbed in the world at the Tengeh Reservoir. As Singapore boasts 17 freshwater reservoirs , floating solar could be a perfect option for the country to generate its own clean energy. Singapore’s Economic Development Board (EDB) and Public Utilities Board (PUB) are behind the project. The Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) will help evaluate the different systems in the testbed. Eight enterprises from small local companies to large international corporations are participating in the $11 million project. Related: The UK prepares to fire up the largest floating solar farm the world has ever seen As the solar panels will block some sunlight from reaching creatures living in the reservoir, project monitors will scrutinize how the systems impact biodiversity . They’ll also see if the panels influence water quality and evaporation. Because the water beneath the panels could cool them, they may be able to operate more efficiently than those placed on rooftops or the ground. In a speech, Singapore’s Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli said “Given our geography, solar photovoltaic systems are a key technology in Singapore’s efforts to harness renewable energy. 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.” He said the testbed will be operational by the end of 2016. The 10 systems will undergo tests for a minimum of six months, and ultimately two will be selected to be scaled up and tested in a second phase. According to EDB , “The success of this project will pave the way for Singapore to conduct mass scale deployment of floating solar PV systems.” Via Channel NewsAsia Images via screenshot

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Henrik Fisker just unveiled the face of his Tesla-killer electric car

October 26, 2016 by  
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Automotive designer Henrik Fisker just revealed the first head-on image of his upcoming long-range electric car . The new design is sleek and aerodynamic, with adaptive LED headlights and a combination radar and camera mounted in the center that will enable it to drive itself. Henrik Fisker’s new announcement follows last week’s reveal of a side view of the car , showcasing the vehicle’s distinctive butterfly doors. In an email to reporters, Fisker described the interior of the car as larger than its closest competitor, with a technology-focused user experience. The frame itself will be made of a combination of carbon fiber and aluminum. Though the capability is not yet available, eventually the vehicle will be able to operate autonomously . Fisker has yet to reveal exactly which supplier will be developing the self-driving tech. Related: Fisker promises a 2017 comeback with a 400-mile range electric sports car The new car will hit the market in the latter half of 2017, produced by Fisker’s new company, Fisker Inc. The price will be comparable to a high-end Tesla Model S , but Fisker plans to follow up with a consumer-friendly electric car that’s more affordable than either the Chevy Bolt or the Tesla Model 3 . The upcoming car will serve as a “spiritual successor” to the discontinued Fisker Karma , which was plagued with battery issues and eventually caused Fisker Automotive to go bankrupt . Here’s hoping the revolutionary batteries hyped in the new model have all the bugs worked out before release. + Fisker Inc. Via Autoblog

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The UK prepares to fire up the largest floating solar farm the world has ever seen

March 1, 2016 by  
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Soon, the United Kingdom will fire up the world’s largest floating solar farm . Over 23,000 solar panels will be floated on a reservoir about 20 miles southwest of London, generating renewable energy to power local water treatment plants. The $8.3 million project has been in planning and development for more than five years and is now just weeks away from completion. Read the rest of The UK prepares to fire up the largest floating solar farm the world has ever seen

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New municipal building in Stockholm will look and act just like a greenhouse

March 1, 2016 by  
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Kyocera starts construction on the ‘world’s largest floating solar farm’ in Japan

January 28, 2016 by  
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Japan may be lacking in real estate, since the entire country is smaller than the state of California, but that’s not stopping them from building an enormous solar farm. The Asian nation has begun work on a floating solar power farm that will generate enough electricity for 5,000 homes. Multinational electronics company Kyocera is behind the project, which boasts the designation of being the world’s biggest floating solar farm. Read the rest of Kyocera starts construction on the ‘world’s largest floating solar farm’ in Japan

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High-flying solar balloon farms could harness the sun’s energy miles above the clouds

January 11, 2016 by  
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Harnessing the sun’s energy for use here on Earth is a fairly easy thing to do in areas where a lot of sunlight hits the ground (or rooftop, as it were). New developments in solar power technology are working to maximize energy conversion, from capturing as much sunlight as possible to increasing the amount of energy converted . But no solar panel on Earth can do what NextPV is hoping to achieve. The research group is aiming to capture solar energy in the one place where the sun is shining virtually all the time: above the clouds. They say solar balloons floating above the clouds could create high-flying solar farms capable of producing clean energy around the clock. Read the rest of High-flying solar balloon farms could harness the sun’s energy miles above the clouds

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Sonoma County will soon host the largest floating solar project in the U.S.

March 13, 2015 by  
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Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) has unveiled plans to build a 12.5 megawatt floating solar project in Sonoma County, one that will not only be the biggest project of its kind in the U.S. but will also be the second largest in the world, after Kyocera’s planned 13.4MW facility in Japan . The project will be floated atop irrigation ponds in the county, preserving farmland for its conventional agricultural purposes while providing sustainable power to 3,000 homes in California’s wine country. Read the rest of Sonoma County will soon host the largest floating solar project in the U.S. Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: California solar farms , floating solar , floating solar farm , floating solar power farm , floatovoltaics , photovoltaics , renewable energy , solar array , solar grid , Solar Power , solar power napa , wine country

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Kyocera is building the world’s largest floating solar plant

December 23, 2014 by  
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Kyocera Corporation and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation recently  announced plans to build the world’s largest floating solar installation. The massive 13.4 megawatt plant will be located in the Chiba Prefecture in Japan and will provide enough power for 4,700 homes once it is up and running. The announcement follows the recent completion of the current largest floating solar plant , which was built by Kyocera in the Kagoshima Prefecture. Read the rest of Kyocera is building the world’s largest floating solar plant Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Century Tokyo , Century Tokyo Leasing , floating solar , floating solar plant , Japan solar plant , kyocera , Kyocera floating solar plant , Kyocera solar plant , large solar plant , solar plant , solar plant technology , water solar , worlds largest floating solar plant

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The UK’s First Floating Solar Farm Unveiled in Berkshire

October 1, 2014 by  
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The UK’s first floating solar farm was just installed in Berkshire. The floating array features 800 photovoltaic panels and has a capacity of 200W. The project cost £250,000 ($405,400) and has been installed on a reservoir at Sheeplands Farm near Wargrave. Farm owner, Mark Bennett, has partnered with floating solar pioneers Ciel et Terre , and hopes to spur interest in applying the technology on reservoirs throughout the UK. Read the rest of The UK’s First Floating Solar Farm Unveiled in Berkshire Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative energy , Berkshire , Ciel et Terre , floating solar , Mark Bennett , photovoltaics , pv , renewable energy , Solar Power , UK , UK’s first floating solar array , united kingdom

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