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Suriname studying possible modernization of 189-MW Afobaka hydro

Suriname studying possible modernization of 189-MW Afobaka hydro

Suriname’s state oil company Staatsolie is conducting studies for the possible modernization of the 189-MW Afobaka hydropower facility, which was built in the 1960s. According to Bnamericas, information from the NOC reveals that the overhaul envisions the replacement of the plant’s six turbines with a more efficient model. Staatsolie Power (SPCS) operates Afobaka and a 96-MW thermal plant, which together […]
INNOSEA receives grant to research floating solar

INNOSEA receives grant to research floating solar

Engineering firm INNOSEA has been awarded a European H2020 grant to undertake a research and development (R&D) project to support more efficient and cost-effective designs of floating solar PV plants. The project is led by EURAC European Academy of Bolzano in Italy and will be resourced by INNOSEA, with support from parent company LOC’s wider renewable energy-focused teams around the […]
Untapped potential exists for blending hydropower, floating solar PV

Untapped potential exists for blending hydropower, floating solar PV

Hybrid systems of floating solar panels and hydropower plants may hold the technical potential to produce a significant portion of the electricity generated annually across the globe, according to analysis by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). NREL researchers estimate that adding floating solar panels to bodies of water that already host hydropower stations could produce […]
Hydropower with floating solar holds massive potential for Africa

Hydropower with floating solar holds massive potential for Africa

Many African countries are heavily dependent on hydropower to provide baseline power, which is being affected by increasingly frequent droughts. At the same time, Africa is characterized by a very high solar potential. The installation of floating photovoltaics (FPV) in existing hydropower reservoirs however, could provide solar electricity to help compensate for hydropower production losses during dry periods. It would […]
Floating solar industry partners for world’s first verified practice

Floating solar industry partners for world’s first verified practice

DNV GL has launched a joint industry project with 14 stakeholders within the floating solar PV sector to develop the first recommended practice for floating solar power projects. The recommended broad-based best practices guide, created by the Floating Solar joint industry project (JIP), is expected to be ready by the first quarter of 2021. However, a draft guidance document is […]
Construction to begin on floating solar pilot project at 72-MW Banja hydropower plant

Construction to begin on floating solar pilot project at 72-MW Banja hydropower plant

Statkraft announces that, along with supplier Ocean Sun, it is ready to start the construction of a 2-MWp floating solar pilot project in the reservoir of the 72-MW Banja hydropower plant in Albania. The pilot has an estimated total investment of €2 million (US$2.3 million). The Banja plant, on the Devoll River, was commissioned in 2016. “Now that all regulatory […]
Floating solar photovoltaic plant to be installed at Kruonis pumped-storage plant in Lithuania

Floating solar photovoltaic plant to be installed at Kruonis pumped-storage plant in Lithuania

The Lithuanian Business Support Agency (LSBA) has granted €235,000 (US$267,500) to support development of an experimental floating solar photovoltaic power plant at the existing 900-MW Kruonis pumped-storage hydroelectric plant in Lithuania.
Paraguay to study potential of floating solar at 200-MW Acaray hydro plant

Paraguay to study potential of floating solar at 200-MW Acaray hydro plant

Studies are planned in Paraguay to determine the potential of floating solar photovoltaic capacity, specifically the installation of a pilot project at state power company ANDE’s 200-MW Acaray hydro plant. Acaray is the country’s only 100% state-owned hydroelectric power plant and is almost 50 years old. To support the planned work, ANDE looks to secure technical cooperation from IDB as part of […]
Philippines’ NIA signs MOUs to develop small hydroelectric projects, plus solar

Philippines’ NIA signs MOUs to develop small hydroelectric projects, plus solar

The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) in the Philippines recently signed five Memoranda of Understanding (MOU), three with a hydropower developer for the development of three small hydroelectric projects and two for floating solar projects on hydro reservoirs. NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya signed the MOUs with: Renewable Development for Sustainable Growth (RDSG) Corporation SunAsia Energy Inc. SN Aboitiz Power Magat […]
ADB financing first large-scale floating solar PV in hydro reservoir in Viet Nam

ADB financing first large-scale floating solar PV in hydro reservoir in Viet Nam

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed a $37 million loan agreement with Da Nhim–Ham Thuan–Da Mi Hydro Power Joint Stock Company (DHD) to finance the installation of a 47.5-MW peak floating photovoltaic (PV) solar facility on the man-made reservoir of DHD’s existing 175-MW Da Mi hydropower plant. The project marks the first large-scale installation of floating solar PV panels […]