The world’s largest floating solar power plant is officially in operation. Located in the city of Huainan, in China’s Anhui province, it has a capacity of 40 megawatts.

Floating solar farms have several advantages, as they do not use up valuable land in densely populated areas. China has more than 100 cities with over 1,000,000 inhabitants. The United States, by comparison, has 10.

These facilities help conserve the supply of fresh water by reducing its evaporation. In return, the water keeps the ambient temperature around the solar panels lower, helping to increase their efficiency while limiting their thermal degradation in the long term.

The most interesting thing about the floating solar power plant in Huainan, however, is that the lake where it is installed was created with rainwater after the surrounding land collapsed after coal mining operations. intensive for decades. Anhui Province is rich in coal reserves and has been the coal reserve used to fuel the Chinese economy.

Last year, another 20 megawatt floating solar power plant was commissioned in Anhui province. Last January, China activated the Longyangxia Dam solar park. Covering 10 square miles, it generates a whopping 850 megawatts of energy – enough for 200,000 homes.

In its quest to become a world leader in renewable energy, China is investing relentlessly.

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