The 13 connected islands make up the plant: 140 hectares built on an artificial lake from a former coal mine.

the the world’s largest floating photovoltaic system ready for commissioning: the state-owned CECEP has just completed the connection of the 13 islands that make up the system for a total of 140 hectares of floating photovoltaic modules. In the first year of operation, the plant is expected to produce 77,693 MWh.

The project is the result of a collaboration between Chinese public companies and the French manufacturer Ciel & Terre, specializing in floating photovoltaics: the plant is located on a site formerly used for coal extraction, in the province of Anhui.

The installation was completed in 2018, but the connections to the power grid, with a new 110V overhead line 18 km long, were not made until March 2019.

With a capacity of 70 MW, the plant must be able to satisfy energy needs of around 21,000 households.

The floating modules produced by Ciel & Terre (Hydrelio) were manufactured directly on site, in order to minimize emissions, reduce transport costs and guarantee employment in the region.

The central inverters were also placed on stilts along the shore of the man-made lake in which the coal quarry was located, so as not to interfere with agricultural activities in the region.

The record for the new Chinese power plant is doomed to have a short lifespan: in the same region, in fact, in the Yongqiao district, near the city of Suzhou, the Three Gorges company New Energy is completing the construction of another 150 MW photovoltaic plant float.

Both projects are part of a larger Chinese program for the installation of floating photovoltaic systems with a total capacity of 1 GW: all new plants will be built in fields of old mining operations to take advantage of existing connections to the grid. electric.

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