The energy generation of the future must be sustainable. This is the only way we can slow down climate change and avert sometimes catastrophic consequences for our planet. Many countries have already recognized this and are investing millions in the expansion of solar and wind farms. But what to do if there is not enough space available for this? Singapore has such an idea.
Today we are talking about a project off the coast of Woodlands, an area in the northern part of Singapore. Here the utility Sunseap has built a floating solar farm in the Strait of Johor, which is supposed to supply citizens with 5 megawatts of power inside. Overall, the construction consists of 13. 312 panels, 40 inverters and 30. 000 Floats and produces over 6 million kilowatt hours per year.
The energy generated in this way is then sent to shore via an undersea cable, where it can be fed into the power grid. The solar farm is firmly anchored in the sea floor and should withstand the changing weather conditions without any problems. Those interested can take a look at the construction, an air-conditioned second deck contains a visitor center and a gallery.
The construction in the strait also came with some challenges. Ship routes and ecosystems in the water must not be disturbed, one reason why many projects are more likely to be built in lakes or on reservoirs.
The solar farm will also support Singapore in achieving its own climate targets. So every year 4. tons of carbon dioxide saved. But that’s not all, because a similar project is soon to be launched in the Tengeh Reservoir. This should then be the same 60 Generate megawatts of power.
The spread of sustainable energy sources continues to increase. That is to be seen positively, we still have to do a lot to achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. Projects like the one in Singapore show that even regions with little space can cover their electricity needs from the sun, new technology makes it just as possible as increasing efficiency of the panels themselves.