An enormous floating photo voltaic farm has been towed out to its mooring on Portugal’s man-made Alqueva reservoir, with 12,000 photo voltaic panels set to be partnered with the reservoir’s hydroelectric era and pumped storage capabilities.
Reuters reported on Tuesday that two tugboats had moved the mammoth array of 12,000 photo voltaic panels out to its mooring on the Alqueva reservoir, forward of operations anticipated to start out in July.
Constructed and operated by Portugal’s major utility EDP on what’s Western Europe’s greatest synthetic lake, the 5MW floating photo voltaic undertaking was accepted a year ago and is predicted to supply sufficient vitality to produce 25% of the customers within the area of Portel and Moura.
Portugal is one in all many European international locations ramping up their renewable vitality manufacturing in an effort to transition to zero emissions in addition to, extra instantly, transition away from reliance on Russian gasoline.
And whereas Portugal is barely reliant on Russian hydrocarbons and the Alqueva reservoir undertaking was within the works lengthy earlier than Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, this undertaking is however one other signal of the pure persevering with transition away from European fossil fuels.
The biggest photo voltaic farm in Europe is the 41.4MW Sellingen floating photo voltaic park within the Netherlands, developed by GroenLeven, boasting 76,616 photo voltaic panels and producing electrical energy sufficient to produce the equal of 12,000 households.
The Alqueva floating photo voltaic plant will serve an vital position for the bigger floating photo voltaic sector, because it supplies one thing of a dwelling laboratory for EDP.
The floating photo voltaic farm is constructed atop the Alqueva dam reservoir which additionally a capability of 255.6MW of hydroelectricity.
The surplus solar energy from the floating array can be used to pump water up into the lake to be saved for later use.
Moreover, the 12,000 photo voltaic panels are complemented by a 1MW/2MWh lithium-ion battery storage system.
EDP can even have room to develop its floating photo voltaic capability atop the Alqueva reservoir, having been awarded last month 70MW of grid connection capability at Alqueva in Portugal’s most up-to-date floating photo voltaic public sale.
Moreover, EDP Renewables is anticipating to have the ability to set up an extra 14MW of photo voltaic overcapacity and one other 70MW of hybrid wind capability at Alqueva.
Joshua S. Hill is a Melbourne-based journalist who has been writing about local weather change, clear know-how, and electrical automobiles for over 15 years. He has been reporting on electrical automobiles and clear applied sciences for Renew Economy and The Driven since 2012. His most well-liked mode of transport is his ft.