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Green power that floats

(June 2022) Depending on the location, setting up solar farms on water can present significant advantages over placing them on land. And Huawei technologies play an important role in enabling the construction of these floating power plants.

        Securing land for solar farms is a challenge in many locations. City-state or smaller countries may not have any suitable land available. In large urban centers, the closest suitable land location could be extremely far or extremely expensive to secure. Setting up far away from where power is consumed could also add considerable costs. Having the option to set up solar farms on water boosts the range of options.

Huawei technologies are in use at one of the world’s largest floating solar farms in Singapore world’s largest floating solar farms in Singapore.

Floating solar farms can raise the productivity of hydroelectric plants. Man-made reservoirs created to feed the dam’s turbines can double up as sites suitable for solar cells.

But perhaps the most important benefit of putting PV cells on water is the cooling effect. Cool solar cells generate noticeably more power than hot ones, and cooling with water instead of air flows is considerably more effective.

Huawei inverters are perfectly suited to floating power plants. They have been extensively tested for salt corrosion and for their ability to operate at temperatures ranging from -55oC to 80 oC. They also feature modular designs that simplify installation.

In Singapore, solar energy solution provider Sunseap selected Huawei equipment to build one of the world’s largest floating solar farms. Deployed in the Straits of Johor, the facility demonstrates that even a global financial capital can have green energy credentials.

And in The Netherlands, Huawei’s inverters are used in the largest floating power plant outside Asia. It meets 6% of the energy needs of Zwolle, a city of 125,000 people.

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