Sunseap working on 5 MWp of sea-based floating PV in Singapore

The floating solar test-bed in Singapore. Image: ABB

November 9 (Renewables Now) - Singaporean clean energy company Sunseap Group said today that it is developing 5 MWp of offshore floating photovoltaic (OFPV) systems north of Woodlands Waterfront Park, Singapore.

The floating solar project, backed by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), is expected to be commercially operational in early 2019. It will generate about 6,388 MWh annually, or as much as is needed to power 1,250 households, offsetting 2,600 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year.

Sunseap has previously participated in the world’s largest floating PV test-bed in Singapore at Tengeh Reservoir. It has confirmed that floating PV systems perform better than solar rooftops in Singapore, due to the fact that the reservoir keeps cooler temperatures.

Frank Phuan, co-founder and CEO of Sunseap Group, pointed out that in land-scarce countries like Singapore PV systems could not be wide-spread for reasons of space and rooftop constraints. The successful realisation of this OFPV project could open up new opportunities for the sector in the country and in the region as a whole.

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