Whilst the world is choking with pollution woes and toxicity, China has taken a step towards the sustainable way of energy generation. Huainan in China was once upon a time famous as being mined for coal and generating electricity. This area was eventually abandoned by inhabitants and subsequently flooded by rainstorms. The area is now covered with 13 to 30 feet of water. The same area has been now transformed into what has come to be acclaimed as the world’s largest floating solar farm. A massive solar farm was connected to the energy grid. The solar farm floats at a depth of 4 to 10 metres.
This is even larger than the solar farms of Australia and India. Built by Sungrow, an eminent supplier of PV inverter systems, the mass of solar cells within the 40 megawatt solar farm can produce so much of clean energy that it will be sufficient to power homes in the entire area.
The relatively cooler air on the surface minimizes the risk of overheating of the solar panels. Long term damage from heat is thus avoided. The panels are supposedly linked up to a central inverter and a combiner box, both of which have been provided by Sungrow. The floating solar panels are nevertheless highly resistant to humidity. The concept of floating solar farm has another significant advantage as it prevents the evaporation of fresh water. Additionally, the land has been put to the best use by harnessing power.
As the second largest energy consumer in the world, China’s step towards reducing dependence on imported energy is commendable. It has become the world leader in adopting renewable sources of energy. The future of the world rests on the vision of sustainability and acceptance and adoption of environmental friendly strategies of energy generation. Hope, therefore rests that more countries will soon follow suit and walk towards a sustainable future!
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